Quote of the Day
"It has to be a lot to do
with money, what else
could it be?"
-- Lightning Founder Phil Esposito, on team co-Owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie meeting with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to discuss the current power struggle within the franchise (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 6/24).
Wimbledon Draws Its Two Largest Crowds Ever
The U.K. is feeling the effects of the global recession as much as any other region, but that certainly is not evident by the number of people attending the opening sessions at Wimbledon this year. The All England Club through the first two days of the ’09 event is seeing record crowds come through its turnstiles. Tuesday’s crowd of nearly 46,000 fans is more than 3,000 above Monday’s attendance of 42,811, but both easily eclipse the previous single-day high-water mark set in ’02. Meanwhile, the fashion police are still criticizing Roger Federer’s military-themed jacket, and Maria Sharapova, who is heading home after losing today, calls for a break in the traditional all-white outfits once every couple of years.
Kicking Into High Gear
ESPN plans to launch standalone U.K. channel to support its newly-acquired EPL rights.
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Flyers, not Caps, reportedly set to face Bruins in Winter Classic thanks to lobbying from NBC.
Divide & Conquer?
NHL Enterprises, Broadcasting and Communications splitting into 10 new divisions.
That Deserves A Wow!
Samsung unveils marketing plan for Vancouver Games, including endorsement of Gretzky.
In Good Times And In Bad
Richard Petty Motorsports committed to Dodge through end of '09 season, contrary to reports.
New NBA trading-card licensee Panini signs five draft prospects to endorsement deals.
Not OK On The Home Front
Bettman wants Koules, Barrie to work out a new ownership plan for the Lightning.