Quote of the Day

"Costas is now the maître d' at the restaurant. He has no real role at the show, he just kind of introduces it.

-- ESPN’s Bill Simmons, on NBC’s “Football Night In America” having too many on-air personalities ("The Jim Rome Show,” 10/13).

Tuesday October 14, 2008 Vol. 15 — No. 21 Print This Issue

Top Stories

  • TBS Sees Huge Ratings Gains For Rays-Red Sox

    With the country paying close attention to both the instability of the economy and the nearing Presidential election, it would not surprise many if ratings for sporting events this month were lower than normal. However, just the opposite appears to be the case. TBS’ coverage of the Rays-Red Sox ALCS is earning nearly 40% higher marks than last year’s NLCS, as the net is clearly reaping the benefits of the huge interest in the defending World Series champs. Turner really would see some large numbers if the Sox can slow down the Tampa bats and keep this series competitive. And while ratings are down through the first four games of the NLCS on Fox, all the net has to do is look at its other main property to see the reverse effect. Sunday’s Cowboys-Cardinals thriller gains Fox' highest rating of any NFL broadcast this year.

  • Sunday Silence
    John Madden, tired of logging miles, says decision to sit out this week's "SNF" telecast is a "quality of life issue." 

    Deep Blue Something
    Dodgers hire William Morris to sell naming-rights opportunities throughout ballpark.

    I Put A Spell On You
    AFL's VooDoo, one of the league's best-drawing teams, shutters operations.

    Full-Court Press
    Despite domestic cutbacks, NBA still intends to increase its international workforce.

    What Brown Can't Do For You
    Big Brown's unexpected retirement forces Breeders' Cup to alter advertising efforts.

    Eggs In The Basket
    Cadbury near deal to sponsor 2012 Games, a welcome respite during tough times for LOCOG.

    Town-Hall Style Or With Podiums?
    Jamir Miller looks to boost campaign for NFLPA top job with public debates between candidates.

    Catch A Rising Star
    UNC, Texas in discussions to help christen new Cowboys stadium with hoops game in '09.

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