Quote of the Day
“When you can talk hockey
in the summer on a 90-
degree day, with two
first-place [MLB] teams
and the Bears coming
to training camp, you
know it's back."
-- Blackhawks Chair Rocky Wirtz, on the team's inaugural fan convention last weekend(Illinois DAILY HERALD, 7/19).
Open Ratings Down Despite Run By Norman (l)
After a wild British Open that features treacherous winds and the out-of-the-blue return of Greg Norman, it is Padraig Harrington that is holding the Claret Jug for the second straight year. While many thought the return of the Shark would help fill the ratings void created by Tiger Woods' knee injury, ABC sees its overnight final-round ratings of 3.5 down 14.6% from Harrington’s playoff win last year. Reviews of ABC’s coverage are mixed, with Paul Azinger and Tom Watson earning kudos, but the coverage described as “mediocre.” Meanwhile, the long association between ABC and the R&A is about to be altered slightly, as ESPN is set to take over all four rounds of the event beginning in 2010 when it returns to St. Andrews. The deal would see the Open Championship become the first major golf tournament to air exclusively on cable.
Ten groups submit offers for Cubs, while more than 20 seek Wrigley Field alone.
Making A Racket
Potential landmark ATP antitrust trial begins; IMG execs will not testify after Tour's warning.
MLB Network to feature live studio programming, highlights, classic games; Petitti taps new exec hires.
The Thunder Rolls
Former Sonics franchise reportedly to be named Oklahoma City Thunder.
Glendale, Arizona, could reach deal by next week to secure USA Basketball HQs.
WNBA outdoor game draws sparse crowd despite fan-friendly atmosphere.
NHL Panthers charge fans for 43 home games in '08-09 season, but only schedule 42.
Living Among Piers
Manhattan Beach becoming newest hot spot for pro athletes to settle down, buy a home.