Quote of the Day
"When you win, you should give your speech in English."
-- LPGA member Se Ri Pak,on the tour's new initativemandating players pass an English proficency test (GOLFWEEK.com, 8/25).
Big Ten, Time Warner Agree To Carriage Deal
With the college football season just days away, the Big Ten Network and Time Warner Cable surprise the TV industry by announcing they have reached an agreement on a carriage deal that will see the net on the air within the Big Ten footprint in time for Saturday’s slate of games. The deal includes the BTN’s HD and VOD channels. While no further details have been announced, a source said the deal likely will be similar to the one with Comcast, which will allow TWC to move BTN to a digital service next spring. Meanwhile, ESPN and the SEC yesterday formally announce their momentous $2.25B deal, which squarely ends any talk of an SEC Network in the near future.
Wall To Wall Coverage
NBC's 16.2 average rating for primetime Olympic coverage the highest for non-U.S. Games since '92 Barcelona Games.
Jets PSLs to range from $4,000-25,000, but do not include 27,000 upper bowl seats.
18 Going On 20
The Home Depot, Motorsports Authentics, JGR all throw full support behind Joey Logano.
Cup Will Not Runneth Over
PGA Tour altering playoff start times due to NBC’s affiliation with Notre Dame football.
LPGA instituting English proficiency test for all int’l players starting with the ’09 season.
Nationals’ support hits a new low, as team draws fewer radio listeners than game attendees.
Dig Out Your Sole
Jason Kidd, fresh off Olympic Gold, leaving Nike for China-based Peak.
Stanford offering fans money-back guarantees in effort to boost football attendance.