Quote of the Day
"Scott Boras said everything’s fine. He came down from Mars last week and, I guess, he’ll go back up and work on his stats.”
-- Giants Managing General Partner Bill Neukom, at an AP Sports Editors West Regional meeting, on Boras claiming the economy will have little impact on free agent signings(SACRAMENTO BEE, 11/11).
The three-week trial pitting more than 2,000 former NFL players against the NFLPA results in the jury awarding the plaintiffs a staggering $28.1M total payout stemming from the union not fully marketing them. The jury did not award damages for violation of the group licensing agreements the former players signed with the union. However, the players won $7.1M for a fiduciary duty breach, alleging the players association turned its back on the players. The bulk of the award, though, stems from punitive damages, which the union from the start of the ordeal has argued will hurt its labor struggle with team owners. The union predictably is seeking either a reversal of the decision or an appeal.
BCS considering proposal from ESPN for carriage of all BCS bowl games on cable.
ABC downshifting Sunday's Cup race to ESPN2 seen as a bad sign for NASCAR, brings partnership under fire.
Two For The Money
Second Toronto NHL team could be worth $600M; Bettman says market likely could support another team, but dismisses probability.
Longtime open-wheel race in Australia canned due to unresolved scheduling dispute.
Little Dog With A Big Bite
Gonzaga rolls out unique interactive marketing effort to sell women's hoops tickets.
Sports Slowdown, Part I
Time begins cutbacks, as Sports Illustrated seeks 40 volunteers to surrender jobs.
Sports Slowdown, Part II
Historically prevalent Super Bowl advertisers among those examining value of spot this year.
Sports Slowdown, Part III
Ubiquitous sports sponsor DHL set to kill U.S. domestic-only operations, 9,500 jobs.
Sports Slowdown, Part IV
Economy forces ESPN to cancel plans for this spring's Moto X World Championships.