Quote of the Day
"You'd have ESPN all over the place. This is going to be a sideshow."
-- NFL attorney Dan Nash, trying to convince Hennepin County District Court Judge Gary Larson not to reverse the four-game suspensions given to Vikings DTs Kevin and Pat Williams for testing positive for a banned substance(STAR TRIBUNE, 12/4).
NFLPA Sues To Overturn StarCaps Suspensions
The NFLPA today files suit in U.S. District Court seeking to overturn suspensions handed out Tuesday against five players who tested positive for a banned diuretic after taking the StarCaps supplement. The union, which is seeking a ruling by tomorrow, is basing its case on "many of the same arguments" that convinced a Minneapolis District Court yesterday to issue a temporary restraining order allowing Pat and Kevin Williams to return to the Vikings. Meanwhile, the union’s busy day continues, as it also plans to file a grievance against the Giants' suspension of Plaxico Burress, alleging that the team "somehow violated" the CBA in suspending the embattled receiver over his felony gun charge.
Bring Good Things (Back) To Life
GE to air first Super Bowl spot, on company-owned NBC, in many years, while Pedigree will run its first ever SB commercial.
A's may move Cisco Field project closer to more public transportation, looking to speed up the development and reach more fans.
We Must Protect This Mouse House
Disney sends letter to FCC hoping to protect ESPN from Cablevision's efforts to limit Disney's bargaining leverage for its TV nets.
Fan Appreciation Day
At least 16 MLB teams will freeze or cut '09 ticket prices, up from just three teams last season.
Paul Kelly could find himself in tough spot regarding Sean Avery's impending punishment.
Everybody Loves Raymond James
ACC's football championship sees better local sales in Tampa than '07 in Jacksonville.
To Give Is To Receive
25th annual March of Dimes in N.Y. sports luncheon raises almost $700,000.
Green With Envy
Packers top Turnkey's annual Team Brand Index; four NBA franchises bring up the rear.