Quote of the Day
"They have been trying to fit a square peg into a round hole for a lot of years."
-- NHLPA Dir of Player Affairs Glenn Healy, referring to the NHL's Sun Belt teams (GLOBE & MAIL, 4/28).
Ebersol Big Winner
At Sports Emmys
NBC Sports & Olympics Chair Dick Ebersol emerges as the big winner of last night’s Sports Emmy awards ceremony in N.Y., as he leads the Peacock to wins in 10 different categories and is honored with a lifetime achievement award. The most emotional moment of the night comes when Ebersol is presented his award by Muhammad Ali. The long-time NBC exec also is feted on stage by six of the most influential commissioners in sports, with MLB's Bud Selig calling him a legendary figure in sports television, and the NHL's Gary Bettman saying Ebersol's "fingerprints are on the entire landscape" of the industry. The NFL's Roger Goodell simply says Ebersol is "doing what is best for American sports." Meanwhile, other winners from last night include Cris Collinsworth, who earns the award for top sports event analyst for his work with NBC and NFL Network; Bob Costas, who is named best studio host for his work with NBC and HBO; and CBS' Jim Nantz, who is selected as the top play-by-play announcer.
Pick Me Up
ESPN, NFL Net see gains in Saturday Draft coverage; Goodell hints NFL could move first round to Thursday primetime in 2010.
Red Wings auctioning unsold suite for Game 2 of Western Conference semifinal at Joe Louis Arena.
Sports Illustrated Digital President Jeff Price resigning after more than three years.
How Lowe's Can You Go?
NASCAR less-than-pleased with LMS ticket promo tied to Talladega's biggest crash.
The World Awaits
China's HSBC Champions event gains WGC status, a significant step in globalization of golf.
Moving On Up
IMG promotes David Abrutyn to Global Consulting Managing Dir, Senior VP & Head.
Nationals attendance in just their second season at new park is down over 30% from '08.