Quote of the Day

I’ve been recycling lines
that I used at ESPN

-- NBC's Dan Patrick, on his contributions to the net's green efforts ("Football Night In America," NBC, 11/16).

Monday November 17, 2008 Vol. 15 — No. 45 Print This Issue

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  • Cup Half Empty?

    NASCAR Season Closes
    Amid Off-Track Concerns
    The ’08 NASCAR season closes yesterday with Jimmie Johnson cementing his legacy with a record-tying third straight Cup title as ABC earns a 3.6 overnight rating for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami, down slightly from '07. But most of the talk in the garage over the weekend revolves around off-the-track issues, as hundreds of job cuts are expected as part of "Pink Slip Monday." The magnitude of the layoffs, which will hit even the most successful teams, remains to be seen, but some believe the number of jobs lost could exceed 1,000. There seems to be an acknowledgment among drivers and owners that teams have operated beyond their means for the past decade, and everyone is scrambling to adjust to the harsh economic realities. In addition to the imminent layoffs, NASCAR's testing ban is sure to save millions of dollars for teams, and in the wake of Johnson's continued dominance, may help level the playing field.

  • Last Call 
    Influential sports marketing exec Tony Ponturo retiring from A-B at year's end. 

    The Accused 
    SEC charges Mark Cuban with insider trading from Mamma.com transaction.

    Healthcare Plan 
    Johnson & Johnson not renewing IOC TOP sponsorship, but company may remain affiliated with Olympics through USOC, other NOCs.

    Behind The Curtain 
    Brothers agree to sell Steelers shares to Dan Rooney, Art Rooney II in long-awaited deal.

    The Tribe Has Spoken
    Maloofs team with famed producer Mark Burnett for reality series following Kings.

    Kraft Group cuts 5% of Gillette Stadium staff, while BOSTON GLOBE profiles Patriot Place, the "model for the new age of pro sports."

    Motown Blues 
    Floundering Detroit economy forces GM to cut sports spending, but Tigers raise ticket prices and introduce premium pricing.

    Flat Tire
    Tour de Georgia organizers cancel '09 edition after failing to secure sponsors.

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