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The IMG World Congress of Sports concluded Thursday at the St. Regis Resort in Dana Point, California. The following are some of the highlights from Thursday’s sessions.
Werner Says MLB Teams Wrestling With
MLBAM Over Control Of New Media
Tisch (r) Feels Labor Deal Biggest
Issue Currently Facing NFL
TWO-WAY HIGHWAY: During a panel discussion on the changing media landscape, NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver defended Commissioner David Stern’s recent comments about an ESPN The Magazine article on his league's reputation titled "Perception is Not Reality” that ran the week of the All-Star Game. Silver: "I don't know why there's the connotation that the broadcasters and commentators can be critical of the league, and we can't give them the same type of feedback.” ESPN Exec VP/Content John Skipper offered ESPN's side and dismissed any notion that this was the first time the two entities have butted heads. Skipper: "David has given me his thoughts before."
FOR MORE: For a complete wrap-up of the sights and sounds from the conference, including streaming video interviews with several attendees including EA Sports President Peter Moore and MLS Commissioner Don Garber, please visit www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/wcos.
Daly Not Invited To Participate In Canadian
Skins Game Despite Being Defending Champ
THE DALY SHOW: The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker said of Daly, "He's thrown away millions of dollars. He's ruined lives, yet the people go see him, he gets book contracts and he's a folk hero" ("Jim Rome Is Burning," ESPN, 3/12). The Denver Post's Woody Paige said tournament sponsors share some of the blame. Paige: "They keep bringing him in, giving him exemptions." ESPN's Kevin Blackistone added, "This is the way he's been surviving the last dozen or so tournaments, for the most part. He doesn't get in by qualifying. He gets in because tournament sponsors want him there because he attracts the crowds. ... People have been profiting off this guy's demise for a number of years now" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 3/12). However, ESPN's Tony Kornheiser: "I thought Butch Harmon pretty cavalierly threw John Daly under the bus. They had maybe three sessions together" ("PTI," ESPN, 3/12).