Quote of the Day
"The schedule is good, but none of the games have lived up to what we had
hoped they would.”
-- NBC announcer Al Michaels, on the net’s "Sunday Night Football" coverage(N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/9).
ABC Moves End Of Sunday's Race To ESPN2
Jimmie Johnson’s dominating performance in the NASCAR Chase for the Cup has drained much of the drama out of the final few races, so ABC tries to insert some comedy -- literally. With 34 laps remaining in yesterday’s race, the net opts to send the race to ESPN2 in favor of airing “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” The switch prompts comparisons to the NFL’s infamous “Heidi” game and is panned as a “slap in the face to race fans” and a “bush-league move by ABC.” Many question whether ABC would make the same decision with the NFL. Meanwhile, there is speculation that on November 17, the day after NASCAR’s finale, a “pink-slip blizzard will sweep through the industry,” as the financial crisis continues to impact the sport. Brian France, whose leadership has come into question amid the slowdown, is now promising aggressive cost-cutting measures.
"SNF" again topped by late-window game; Colts-Steelers earns CBS' largest overnight in a year.
The Air Up There
Michael Jordan, increasingly visible in Charlotte, expresses interest in purchasing majority share of Bobcats.
Ice Ice Baby
George Gillett, Gary Bettman vehemently deny rumored sale of Canadiens to Jim Balsillie.
Cowboys seeking $350M loan to help refinance loan borrowed through struggling auction-rate securities market.
With NFL CBA talks looming, Mike Vrabel questions why owners hide their financials.
Want To Be A Part Of It
Giants Stadium to host first lacrosse games in college tripleheader aimed at attracting fans in the N.Y. market.
Closing arguments heat up already contentious trial pitting NFL retirees against the union.
D'Backs cut 31 front-office jobs, including several in broadcasting, in effort to cut costs.