Quote of the Day
"It is a business and you have to be careful. You have to manage the asset and manage the numbers right so that you can be a sustainable business. But what you get back from it is more than just a financial return."
-- Cubs Chair Tom Ricketts, on owning a sports team (“Monsters in the Morning,”CSN Chicago, 11/2).
Browns Parting With GM Symbolic Of Season
The Browns part ways with GM George Kokinis last night, marking the latest complication for Owner Randy Lerner in what is becoming a nightmare season. Kokinis’ departure is the most recent move that shows the soft-spoken Lerner is not pleased with the team’s 1-7 start this year. In recent weeks, he has fired Dir of Team Operations Erin O’Brien, a confidant of coach Eric Mangini, and brought in former All-Pro Bernie Kosar as a consultant. While Lerner is publicly backing Mangini, ESPN’s James Walker notes it is “clear some of his power has been stripped” by the suddenly hands-on owner. Meanwhile, Lerner was scheduled to meet today with a pair of disgruntled long-time fans planning a protest for the team’s “MNF” appearance in two weeks.
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When The Wheels Come Down
Coyotes saga reaches long-awaited conclusion as judge approves sale of team to NHL.
Learn To Fly
Heidi Ueberroth set to lead NBA's international business efforts as President of NBA Int'l.
ESPN officials express concern over intra-office romances in company-wide conference call.
You Make Me Breakout
Trail Blazers' plans for revitalized Rose Quarter include "more intimate" Memorial Coliseum.
This Is A Call
CSN New England pushes to become bigger player in Boston sports with new Web site, talent.
There Goes My Hero
Stephen Colbert calls on fans to donate to U.S. Speedskating as show becomes primary sponsor.
Long Road To Ruin?
CBS' Gus Johnson becomes latest announcer to put foot in mouth in calling Titans TD run.