Quote of the Day
"People say it’s my baby. But it’s not my stadium.
-- Yankees COO Lonn Trost, on the new Yankee Stadium(Newark STAR-LEDGER, 7/13).
Billy Packer Out At CBS
Billy Packer, one of the preeminent faces of televised college basketball, will not return to the CBS airways next season as the net today announces it has parted ways with the broadcaster. Clark Kellogg will replace Packer as the net’s top analyst and will be paired with Jim Nantz during the NCAA tournament. Packer is often seen as the yin to Dick Vitale’s yang, as Packer distanced himself from on-air showmanship. However, Packer’s somewhat abrasive style rubbed many viewers the wrong way, and he was criticized for declaring the Kansas-North Carolina Final Four game in April as “over.” Regardless, it is a pretty dramatic move for CBS to drastically overhaul the image, voice and feel of March Madness, one of their marquee properties. Meanwhile, other media members are in the news: Mike Francesa and Chris Russo discuss the future of their show during their first joint appearance in close to a month, and SI's Peter King says CBS is making a “major mistake” by not keeping Dan Marino on “Inside The NFL.”
A Matter Of National Security
FBI, MLB question Jim Bowden as part of growing investigation around finances of signing Dominican prospects.
All About A Quick Buck
Ticketmaster sues Cavs, Flash Seats over ticket designations, lost potential revenue.
Jacobs denies Bruins are for sale, would support Grousbeck as NHL investor.
On The Road Again
Petty Enterprises hires former Millsport Motorsports President Mike Bartelli as CMO.
Nike signs up-and-coming U.S. track star Walter Dix to record deal.
High-paying Maloof Cup makes successful entrance into skateboard event industry.
Hitting The Brakes
Barack Obama decides not to sponsor BAM Racing’s Sprint Cup entry.