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Published October 21, 2009
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HOME AWAY FROM HOME: In Columbus, Tom Reed reports the Cavaliers tonight will host the Celtics in a preseason game "before a sellout crowd" of about 19,400 at Value City Arena in Columbus. The Cavs last season averaged a 1.81 rating on FS Ohio in the Columbus area, higher than "13 NBA teams' ratings in their home markets" including the Knicks and 76ers. The rating also was "only slightly behind" a 1.85 for local coverage of the Blue Jackets last season, during which the team made their first playoff appearance (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 10/21).
MARKING HIS TERRITORY: SI.com's Michael Farber wrote Mark Messier's title with the NHL Rangers as Special Assistant to the President "translates to 'GM general in waiting.'" But there are "pitfalls to a neat succession," and the "question is whether Messier will be willing to put in the work." If Messier can "forget how much he is revered in the hockey world and embrace the grunt work, he could be a first-class executive." But if the "Being Mark Messier thing seduces him, the Rangers would be making a mistake" (SI.com, 10/20).
DON'T PLAYER HATE: ESPN's Michelle Beadle said the "problem" with the Nets' new $25,000 "Your Ticket to a Player" courtside ticket plan is the buyer cannot choose the player who make the visit. ESPN's Colin Cowherd: "If you paid $25,000 for a band at your party, shouldn't you be able to choose Paul Simon and not Boxcar Willie?" ("SportsNation," ESPN2, 10/20). Meanwhile, ESPN's Tony Kornheiser asked, "Can they do this? In other words, is it in the standard player's contract that you can be loaned out like an animal at a petting zoo for an hour at a time?" ("PTI," ESPN, 10/20).