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  • Sunday Best

    City Of Jacksonville Takes Center Stage
    As Super Bowl XXXIX Draws Near
    Five days before the Eagles and Patriots meet in Super Bowl XXXIX, buzz is beginning to build around the NFL’s marquee event. Among the items in today’s issue: Fox holds firm on $2.4M price for remaining 30-second spots; MTV is determined to make another halftime splash, this time with a preview of new-look MTV2; sources say Fox is making overtures to the PGA Tour with pregame programming; season-ticket holders question Patriots’ partnership with travel company; and while some still doubt Jacksonville’s ability to handle the event, operations seem to be running smoothly ... so far.

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    “If there’s going to be a deal made, they’re the ones who have to make it happen.”

    — Mario Lemieux, saying NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA Exec Dir Bob Goodenow must be part of 11th-hour negotiations to save the season (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 2/1).

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    Common Ground?
    TSN reports luxury tax, profit sharing to be part of NHL’s new proposal to NHLPA.

    Catch 22
    ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS reports Emmitt Smith will retire and join Reggie Fowler’s group in bid for Vikings.

    Carmen Electric
    Policy tells L.A. TIMES he’s interested in being part of NFL’s return to L.A.

    Come On, Be A Sport
    ESPN helps fuel Disney earnings above expectations.

    Trading Places
    Acquisition of Sosa helps Orioles sell 5,000 season tickets over the weekend.

    Grip It & Rip It
    Hamilton’s cornrows patterned after Goodyear tire in PR stunt that could lead to new deal.

    The Commitments
    Cowboys reach lease deal with Arlington that will keep club in new stadium for 30 years.

    Two Roads Diverged
    Otto leaving Cubs due to reduced role at CSN Chicago; Sutcliffe exits Padres’ booth to focus on ESPN.

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