Quote of the Day
"Citi just called and said I better get their name right. Citi Field that is.
Rookie move I guess."
-- Jets draftee QB Mark Sanchez, who is throwing out the first pitch at the Marlins-Mets game tonight, after calling the ballpark "City Field"(TWITTER.com, 4/27).
Stafford Getting $41.7M Guaranteed From Lions
The NFL Draft allows teams to think about the future of the franchise, and the Lions leave New York hoping they have found their first rebuilding block, signing Matthew Stafford to a six-year deal that includes a record $41.7M guaranteed. The deal reignites calls for a rookie wage cap, and Roger Goodell says a cap is one of the main issues that will be discussed in upcoming CBA talks. The Jets trade up to grab Mark Sanchez to be the team’s first long-term marquee QB since Joe Namath, and Sanchez’ Hispanic heritage could help his marketability in the Big Apple. Meanwhile, the Vikings make headlines for drafting troubled Percy Harvin, and CAA has a record draft with nine clients among the top 19 picks.
A Sign Of Things To Come?
Patriots, Jets reveal draft picks to Twitter followers before official league announcements.
NHL Panthers reportedly in merger negotiations with Sports Properties Acquisition Corp.
Beating A Dead Horse
Jim Irsay refuses calls to renegotiate Colts' stadium lease, says deal is signed and sealed.
Willing & Cable
Turner Sports promotes Lenny Daniels to newly-created position of Exec VP & COO.
Friends mourn the loss of sports marketing pioneer James Warsaw at the age of 61.