Quote of the Day

"I assure you this will not be a musical."

-- Ponturo Management Group CEO Tony Ponturo, on "Lombardi," his new play about the life of Pro Football HOFer Vince Lombardi  (THE DAILY). 

Monday November 9, 2009 Vol. 16 — No. 41 Print This Issue

Top Stories

  • Broadcasters Asked To Tone Down Criticism
    Only two races remain in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup, and while Jimmie Johnson is on pace for his fourth consecutive title, an early crash at Texas Motor Speedway narrows his lead over Mark Martin. And with the increasing excitement around the action on the track, NASCAR officials want to make sure the TV networks are giving the sport its due. In a rare move, NASCAR Chair & CEO Brian France calls out the sport's television partners for their excessive criticism during recent races, urging broadcasters to call the sport as other sports are called. France: "We welcome criticism on calls that are made, strategy, policy; that goes with the territory. What we'll ask the commentators to do, they're professionals, and to look at how other professional commentators call other sports." France's comments follow a recent blog entry from NASCAR's Ramsey Poston criticizing ABC's coverage of the Sprint Cup race at Talladega, as the sport continues to defend its place in the upper echelon of the U.S. sports landscape.

  • Kicked Into High Gear
    CAA taking a huge step forward into int'l sports market with hiring of Peter Kenyon.

    The Score After One ... 
    Yankees kicked off MLB's initial in-market streaming effort with about 6,000 subscribers.

    Setting The Stage
    Tony Ponturo helping to bring Vince Lombardi's life to Broadway, and the NFL is talking about potential tie-ins with the project.

    Snow Delay
    VANOC forced to delay final ticket sale due to technical issues with Tickets.com.

    Buy Or Sell?
    Gerald J. Ford emerges as possible bidder for Rams; NHL sources claim John McConnell would consider parting ways with Blue Jackets.

    The Opening Kickoff
    The NFL makes the first move in labor talks, rolling out economic proposal for a new CBA that includes rookie wage scale.

    Diamond Vision
    Phillies.com, Chevy garner most brand exposure during Fox' World Series coverage.

    Credit Where Credit Is Due
    Dick Ebersol congratulates Fox for strong week, including NFL pregame in Afghanistan; NBC earns big 14.3 overnight for Cowboys-Eagles.

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