Quote of the Day
“It's just not something he's interested in doing. It's not a time commitment he's willing to make."
-- Ralph Stringer, business manager for Pro Football HOFer Dan Marino, denying reports his client will appear on “Dancing with the Stars”(SUN-SENTINEL, 8/7).
The IRL fortifies its media future through 2012 with today’s announcement that ABC and Versus have signed deals to share rights to the IndyCar series. ABC signs a four-year deal to continue its telecast of the Indianapolis 500, which the network has broadcast for 44 consecutive years, as well as four other IndyCar races. At the same time, Versus signs a 10-year deal to telecast at least 13 other races. The agreement brings the IRL about $10M per year in rights fees, which nearly matches what the series had been collecting from ABC/ESPN. The new deals take effect next year and essentially wipe out the final year of the deal IRL had with the Disney Networks. Clearly, ABC wanted to hold onto the Indy 500, which remains one of the most prestigious properties in motorsports. However, IRL execs must be thrilled by the increased exposure that Versus is promising, including vast increases in IRL programming and extensive pre- and postrace coverage.
Turning Their Cheek
USOC facing criticism for being in lock-step with Chinese hosts after failing to fight for Cheek and sending mixed messages to athletes on using masks. Meanwhile, flag-bearer's association with Team Darfur could cause more waves.
Host With The Most
Athletes, officials praise city of Beijing, BOCOG for preparations and accommodations.
Service Game Issues
Indian Wells tennis tournament drops Pacific Life as title sponsor after seven years.
See You In Court
Judge denies NFLPA’s motion to dismiss claims that former NFLers have not been adequately compensated for licensing rights.
Steelers gain approval to develop two tracks of land for a hotel and an amphitheater.
Under Armour gets more love as N.Y. TIMES style section cover-story says brand delivers a "message of authenticity."
Budweiser working with NASCAR, Daytona officials to revamp Bud Shootout after Coors deal.
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