Quote of the Day

“What now? That’s a great question.”

— NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, after the union yesterday rejected the owners’ latest proposal
(THE DAILY).

Wednesday December 15, 2004 Vol. 11 — No. 65 Print This Issue

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  • Cropp (l) Complicates MLB's Move To DC And Angers Williams (r) With Last-Minute Changes To Ballpark Deal
    MLB execs are dealing with another curveball from the DC government, as DC Council Chair Linda Cropp last night pushed through a surprise amendment that calls for almost half the cost of a new ballpark to be privately financed. The controversial vote led to DC Mayor and baseball proponent Anthony Williams furiously bolting out of the council meeting, complete with police protection preventing any questions. It also caused the Nationals to cancel today’s planned uniform unveiling. The deal to relocate the team is again in jeopardy, as this marks another major fissure in the relationship between MLB and the city's government. Cropp wants to see a concerted effort from MLB to contribute to the planned $600M-plus ballpark, while some wonder if MLB may reconsider the District altogether and make the Nationals a one-year wonder and possible free agent.

  • Two-Line Pass
    Sides inching closer in terms of dollars in NHL labor talks, but remain far apart on philosophy of cost containment.

    Double Dribble
    Russell inks eight-year, $125M extension with NBA for Spalding and Huffy brands; buys Brooks Sports for $115M.

    The Magic Number
    ESPN scores 5.0 Nielsen rating for “3,” best-ever for an EOE movie.

    Catch A Falling Star
    Latest unflattering reports about Kobe Bryant delaying any sort of marketing comeback.

    Keep It In The Family
    Huizenga less likely to sell Dolphins after son shows an interest in team.

    Here’s The Pitch
    Landing Pedro should boost Mets’ ability to market to Dominicans, but insurance on his contract will be hard to secure.

    Exit Fee
    Rick Majerus must pay ESPN $400,000 in order to return to the bench at USC.

    Share And Share Alike
    Like Reinsdorf’s other team, the White Sox, Bulls offering “fantasy experiences” for fans willing to pay premium price.

    Penalty For Early Withdrawal
    FleetCenter President Richard Krezwick says deal releasing BofA from arena naming rights will be done shortly. Termination will cost company millions.

    He Still Rules The Court
    Charles Barkley gets royal treatment during visit to U.S. Supreme Court.

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