Quote of the Day
"So it's painted green. It's New Jersey and it's January. If you looked at the grass under the snow in your front yard, it wouldn't be the prettiest." Giants Stadium GM Bill Squires, on using paint to cover bald spots to make the field more attractive for TV (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 1/11).
A new global survey by McCann-Erickson World Group on the image of the Olympics shows a "startling and potentially devastating finding," according to Patricia Winters Lauro of the N.Y. TIMES. While the Olympics still "held a very special place" among adults older than 40, McCann-Erickson World Group Dir of Brand Strategy & Research Joseph Plummer said younger people viewed the Olympics as "getting worse rather than better, and it has to do with drugs and over-commercialization" (#22).
CLOSING TIME? (#12)
Ellman secures $20M from French bank Societe Generale.
Despite lifetime deal with ABC, legendary broadcaster Jim McKay to help call Salt Lake Games for rival NBC. (#6)
BEG YOUR PARDON?
Team Owner Rick Hendrick critical of NASCAR, says it should share more power and be up front on payouts resulting from new TV deal. (#10)
Canucks President Brian Burke picks up the puck on federal aid for Canada's NHL teams. Hears "strong indications" government ready to act. (#11)
MILLER OUT AT INDY STAR (#7)
Longtime auto racing writer Robin Miller claims that he "was fired" from newspaper because of "vulgar" e-mails.
NO TIME FOR DETENTE (#16)
Raiders balk at Oakland and Alameda County effort to play nice and put on a happy face during run for the Super Bowl.
IT'S A BREES (#4)
Purdue QB signs with IMG.