Quote of the Day
"Like all gamblers, we feel like we're on a run."
-- Lakers Owner Jerry Buss, on the team spending an NBA-high $112.7M in payroll and luxury taxes this season (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 11/23).
Johnson Celebrates His
Record Sprint Cup Title
Jimmie Johnson’s record fourth-straight Sprint Cup championship may have lacked the drama NASCAR surely would have liked, but the historical aspect of the feat cannot be argued. Lowe’s, which today takes out both print and TV ads to congratulate Johnson, clearly is pleased with its association with the four-time champ, as it pledges to stay on as the primary sponsor of the No. 48 car through ’13. Johnson’s win puts a coda on a season that the WASHINGTON POST’s Liz Clarke writes, “by almost any measure, has been a challenge.” The sport struggles with reduced funding from the major automakers involved in the series and the loss of sponsors like Jack Daniel’s. Also, Clarke writes lower TV ratings -- yesterday’s finale draws just a 3.2 overnight rating, down 11% from ’08 -- suggest races “aren't capturing fans' attention, and its drivers aren't captivating fans' imagination, with the fervor they have in the past.” Perhaps it is as simple as this -- while Johnson is described as a guy “who gives boring a good name,” the sport undoubtedly needs the return to glory of Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Voice Of Our Generation
THE DAILY teams with SBJ and Sporting News to rank football's top 25 announcers, with CBS' Gary Danielson leading the way.
The Real World: Seattle
Real Salt Lake surprises Galaxy to capture MLS Cup in front of a lively Qwest Field crowd of 46,011, "everything that MLS had dreamt."
WNBA looking to relocate the Monarchs after Maloofs elect to cut all ties with the league.
American League MVP Joe Mauer joins IMG for marketing representation.
Mind Your Own Business
NFL now requiring each team to employ an independent doctor to monitor head injuries.
The Caged Bird
Bill Simmons explains to THE DAILY how things "escalated" with WEEI, which led to his Twitter suspension. But book tour tweets are still a go.
Wind Out Of Their Sales
Cubs erect two signboards at Wrigley to obscure prominent casino ad behind left-field bleachers.
Hoping For The Best
BCS retains Ari Fleischer to promote college football's current postseason system.