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