Quote of the Day

“My new shoe drops in November. Go get it.”

— Nuggets F Carmelo Anthony, closing his Read To Achieve event at the NBA Store in N.Y. this week (N.Y. POST, 9/17).

Friday September 17, 2004 Vol. 11 — No. 5 Print This Issue

Top Stories

  • Sports Networks Among Those Riding The Poker Wave

    On this rather ho-hum newsday, one thing that continues to catch our eye is the remarkable growth of poker as a programming option. ESPN wrapped up its coverage of the World Series of Poker this past Tuesday, and the ratings prove again that this “sport” is resonating among consumers, in particular key male demos. The series’ 22 episodes averaged a 1.7 Nielsen cable rating, up a whopping 42% from last year, capped off by a 2.8 for Tuesday night’s finale. This phenomenon is showing no indication of slowing down, and we’re sure ESPN has high expectations for next week’s “Tournament of Champions,” as well as “Tilt,” an original drama based on the World Series set to launch next year. While other networks such as NBC, Travel Channel, FSN and Bravo have all grabbed a piece of the pie, where programmers decide to take poker next is something for the industry to keep its eye on.

  • Bidding Them Adu
    AEG looks to reduce MLS team holdings, in talks to sell operating rights to DC United.

    A Magna-nimous Gesture?
    MI Developments pulls $285M bid for MEC after opposition from shareholders.

    They’ve Got Personality!
    Fox, CBS NFL pre-game shows continue to move in opposite ratings directions.

    Men’s Health
    In response to lockout, hockey advertisers in Canada explore new options for reaching key male demo.

    Salary Flap
    NFL fines Broncos $950K for circumventing the cap.

    Voice Activated
    Nextel looks to increase marketing efforts around “Chase” and awards banquet.

    Center Of Attention
    Fine Line Features lands worldwide distribution rights for Yao’s biopic.

    Special Report: SBD's 10th Anniversary

    Broadcast News
    Bornstein lands at No. 6 on our list of most influential execs over the past decade.

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