Quote of the Day
"If Philadelphia had 5,000 tickets, I guarantee you they wouldn't go to Times Square and try to sell them." Giants VP Pat Hanlon, on the team preventing Ticketmaster from selling tickets to Sunday's Eagles-Giants playoff game in the Philadelphia area (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 1/3).
As the world of sports business turns its calendar to 2001, all eyes are upon the college football bowl games. While USA TODAY's Rudy Martzke reports that ratings for major bowl games have been stable, last night's Sugar Bowl on ABC, featuring FL-Miami, drew a 12.8/20 preliminary overnight Nielsen rating, up 45% from the comparable NE-TN Fiesta Bowl last year. Meanwhile, ABC expects tonight's Orange Bowl, featuring FSU-OK in the BCS title game, to draw 53 million viewers, or about a 17.0 rating (#10).
NEW YEAR, SAME CHALLENGES
MLS Commissioner Don Garber downplays reports of possible franchise consolidation. (#11)
ESPN Original Entertainment unit formed to develop new shows outside the net's traditional coverage. (#7)
SPLIT DECISION (#2)
Will Boris Becker's separation from wife affect endorsement deal with AOL?
EYE CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW
Fewer than ten 30-second spots remain for CBS' Super Bowl XXXV broadcast. (#1)
CHURCH ON TIME (#20)
Great Western Forum sold to Baptist Church for $22.5M.
More than 40 parties make initial deposit to take first look into Red Sox sale. (#17)
PASSING OF A LEGEND (#27)
Baltimore Sun sports columnist and football pioneer John Steadman passes away.