Quote of the Day
"I'm not crying, I'm not bitching, I'm not moaning. I'm not complaining. I'm not renegotiating, spinning. I'm not doing any of this. I'm just acknowledging the fact we are going to lose money."
AEG President & CEO Tim Leiweke, on the NHL Kings' status this season (L.A. TIMES, 11/6).
Athletes In Action
Obama Already Casting
Shadow Over Sports
In just two days, President-elect Barack Obama has "already cast a long shadow over sports," and while there are a number of sports issues an Obama Administration could influence, the influx of athlete engagement in Decision ’08 continues to surprise long-time observers. The N.Y. TIMES’ William Rhoden writes traditional avoidance of athletes with politics “may be changing now,” as the presidential race "created a free space for activism without risk.” Across the board, athletes are being uncharacteristically vocal about Tuesday’s election and acknowledge a cultural shift in the locker room when it comes to politics. Meanwhile, Tuesday’s vote could mark turning points for stadium developments in San Diego, Oakland and Sacramento. Also, two referendums likely mean an increase in legalized slot machines, which could result in a much-needed boost for the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore.
The King And His Court
Tim Leiweke, in extensive Q&A, asserts NHL franchise is not for sale, refutes profit numbers from Forbes valuations.
First Down & Long
Ongoing carriage struggles offer cloudy forecast for NFL Network's eight-game slate, kicking off with Broncos-Browns tonight.
Root For The Road Team?
Were complacency, lack of interest from 'Skins fans factors in Monday's pro-Steelers crowd?
The Calm After The Storm
Lightning Exec VP & COO Sean Henry resigns four months into new ownership era.
Phillies World Series gear still hot items as merchandise sales could approach '04 Red Sox.
Really Big Ben
Roethlisberger's $27.7M salary this season tops the NFL, more than $6M ahead of No. 2.
Carl Edwards, fiancée, letting sponsor Office Depot handle their wedding invitations.