Quote of the Day
"I do think that if there continues to be some missed calls the rest of this postseason, those voices will get louder within Major League Baseball."
-- ESPN's Buster Olney, on the expanded use of replay during the MLB postseason("OTL," ESPN, 10/14).
Torre, Dodgers Deal With
On the eve of the Dodgers’ second-straight appearance in the NLCS comes news that could significantly impact the future of the franchise. Breaking news last night was that Owner & Chair Frank McCourt and his wife, Jamie, the team's CEO, have separated, but there are conflicting reports on whether the separation has led to divorce proceedings. Frank McCourt's attorney Marshall Grossman tells the L.A. TIMES that the couple "has not filed for divorce" and dismissed speculation that the team would be put up for sale. However, the separation certainly will impact the franchise, which has developed a reputation as being very progressive during the six-year leadership of the duo. ESPN’s Buster Olney reports there are "major changes looming within” the organization, as Exec VP & CMO Charles Steinberg reportedly is "headed back to Boston," where he previously served as Red Sox Exec VP/Public Affairs.
While Checketts pulls plug on Rush, NFL sources question how this savvy sports exec could misread player and league reaction.
What Might Have Been
Turner compensates some Division Series advertisers with NLCS spots as network execs hope for a drawn-out matchup.
This Little Light Of Mine
Isles' Charles Wang denies report citing source as saying that Lighthouse has been abandoned.
Fox sees MLB regular-season ratings, viewers drop for fifth straight year; ESPN also down.
Conceding The Hole
Milwaukee PGA Tour event folds, leaving Stricker, Kelly as last hope for WI tourney.
Fox apologizes for cartoon skit on NFL pregame show mocking Jessica Simpson.
Staying Around The Rings
Former Chicago 2016 exec Sandusky joins USOC as Acting Chief Communications Officer.
Tour De France
Influential family lands two of five spots in inaugural NASCAR HOF class.