Quote of the Day
"We’ve run the gamut on this one. Mother Nature has tested us as well as she could, and we’re still standing.”
-- NHL Facilities Operations Manager Dan Craig, on weather conditions affecting ice conditions for Thursday's Red Wings-Blackhawks Winter Classic (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 12/30).
Reports Have 2010 Pro Bowl Moving To Miami
As we prepare to shut it down for the New Year (our next issue will be Friday), the buzz in the business continues to be around the NFL. The AP reports that the long-discussed move of the Pro Bowl will likely be announced shortly, as Commissioner Roger Goodell continues to put his stamp on the league and its schedule. Sources say the 2010 game will be played one week before the Super Bowl, and both games will be in Dolphin Stadium. Future Pro Bowls will likely consist of a rotational basis, and while the move would be a significant loss for Hawaii, which has hosted the game since ’80, the state will likely be in the mix to host a future game. While it is clear that new life needs to be infused in the event, it remains to be seen if the NFLPA supports the move or whether a unilateral decision by the league could fuel more issues prior to the CBA negotiations.
Ceremonial First Pitch
Years in discussion and conception, MLB Net set to launch Thursday with goals of taking advantage of new technology and the game’s deep inventory.
Start Spreading The News
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Inside The Huddle
After suspending ’09 season, AFL lays off most of league staff in N.Y. and Chicago.
NFL regular season draws 17.5 million fans, down slightly from record-breaking '07.