Quote of the Day

"This move will help us big-time. This is reaching out to fans. This is precisely what 
we want to do."

-- MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, on starting MLB postseason games on Fox prior to 8:00pm ET (FOXSPORTS.com, 5/17).

Monday May 18, 2009 Vol. 15 — No. 167 Print This Issue

Top Stories

  • Forward Progress

    It is the middle of the NFL’s offseason, but that certainly does not seem to be the case, as the league dominates headlines to start the week. The NFL is near extensions with both CBS and Fox that would see the long-time rights holders maintain their partnerships through the ’13 season. The deals are for a 3-5% increase in rights fees and guarantee each net an extra Super Bowl broadcast. There also is renewed hope that Comcast and the league can reach a deal to put NFL Network on the digital-basic tier, as sources indicate the league has significantly dropped its 70-cent per sub asking price. Meanwhile, Tony Kornheiser, one of the sport’s most polarizing analysts, today announces he will not return to the “MNF” booth for a fourth season. ESPN will fill Kornheiser’s role with former Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden. All this comes as the owners kick off their spring meetings in Ft. Lauderdale tomorrow, with hot discussion points expected to include adding regular-season games and the status of CBA negotiations.

  • Ladies First
    While Preakness draws strong overnight rating on NBC, race attendance at Pimlico plummets 31% from last year to lowest mark since '83.

    Desert Storm 
    Balsillie would consider keeping Coyotes in Phoenix next season if NHL allows sale; Daly vigorously denies Vegas rumors. 

    Before The Sun Goes Down
    MLB, Fox Sports agree playoff games will start earlier on weeknights, Saturdays.

    On The Trading Block? 
    Newark Mayor Booker predicts sale of Nets is imminent, downplays Barclays Center advances.

    Jeremy Spoke In Class Today 
    Mayfield suggests pursuit of legal action to clear name in wake of NASCAR suspension.

    Back To Earth
    Lakers' Game Seven blowout down 12.5% from comparable Celtics-Cavs game in '08.

    On Our Own Time
    LOCOG boss Sebastian Coe promises '12 Games will not alter schedule for broadcasters.

    Watch & Learn
    Danica Patrick launches a Twitter feed at the behest of sponsor Tissot.  

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