Quote of the Day
"I didn’t know any of this stuff until I met De a month ago. I don’t ever remember hearing stuff in depth like that."
-- Seahawks WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh, a former player rep, on new NFLPA Exec Dir DeMaurice Smith educating players to the issues they face going into CBA negotiations(WSJ.com, 7/1).
The Last Waltz
Tony George Departs
From Family Businesses
The IRL and IMS face a drastic change after longtime CEO Tony George relinquishes leadership of the open-wheel series, the speedway and family business Hulman & Co. as previously rumored. IMS CFO Jeff Belskus will succeed George at the track, and IMS General Counsel Curt Brighton takes the reins at Hulman & Co. While IMS likely will feel some growing pains after 19 years of continuous leadership, the IRL faces the most uncertainty in the wake of George's resignation. The announcement "shook the sport," as the circuit for the first time must fend for itself without the generous backing of the George family. That could be an issue, as the league has not made a profit in its 14-year existence. IMS Chair Mari Hulman George says the family remains committed to the IndyCar Series, but it is George's funding the IRL to the tune of more than $500M that "ultimately factored most" in his ouster.
I'm With You
NBA signs Taco Bell to four-year deal as new QSR to replace longtime sponsor McDonald's.
If I Had A Million Dollars
Few megabucks deals expected for NBA's free agents due to salary cap, economy.
You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
NHL Panthers launch Rosenhaus campaign virally; lower ticket prices anticipated.
Living In The Limelight
Leiweke says Michael Jackson's death will have no impact on Kings or AEG's sports holdings.
Where Are You?
TNT pulls Bill Weber from broadcast booth for net's final two Sprint Cup races this season.
Heart Of Gold
Tiger details foundation's successes in response to Jim Brown's criticism.
Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?
Fruitless search for title sponsor brings abrupt end to Kapalua LPGA Classic.