Quote of the Day
"We certainly weren't predicting a record-breaking Opening Day."
-- USTA Managing Dir of Corporate Communications Chris Widmaier, on the U.S. Open drawing a record crowd of 59,848 fans Monday despite projections putting tourney attendance at a three-year low (NEWSDAY, 9/2).
Shine A Light
With the start of the NFL season just around the corner, a host of league-related subjects are making headlines today. Roger Goodell’s acknowledgment that as many as 12 teams may face at least one blackout this season have critics wondering if the league’s policy should be lifted in light of the current economic climate across much of the country. The Redskins are not one of the clubs dealing with blackouts, but the WASHINGTON POST today reports team officials in recent years have sold thousands of tickets directly to ticket brokers that wound up in the secondary ticket market. The Panthers continue to deal with the surprising and sudden resignations of Mark and Jon Richardson -- considered to be the apparent heirs to the franchise. Meanwhile, Texans Owner Bob McNair vehemently denies claims made in a lawsuit that he played a role in secret meetings with NFL players over the direction of the NFLPA.
Paul Kelly says NHLPA dismissal leaves him "stunned and saddened," will take a few more days before discussing the developments.
Versus' Jamie Davis angrily dismisses DirecTV's claims that talks broke down over pricing.
West Side Story
As Balsillie awaits fateful ruling in Coyotes case, latest filing shows Aquilini family bid for the franchise prior to its bankruptcy filing.
Mighty Mighty Boss-Tones
Yankee Stadium, Big Ten officials discuss bowl game partnership, though nothing before '14.
Monday's Vikings-Texans clash gives ESPN its most-viewed NFL preseason game ever.