Quote of the Day
"I have way too much responsibility."
-- New Browns President Mike Holmgren (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 12/29).
Time Is On Our Side?
It’s no surprise that the retransmission negotiations between News Corp. and Time Warner Cable are coming down to the Dec. 31 deadline. Deals like this one traditionally go down until the very end. And it’s not a surprise that the story is just now beginning to get mainstream press pick up. The N.Y. TIMES reports that talks are "about to start in earnest" in L.A., with TWC President & CEO Glenn Britt and News Corp. President & COO Chase Carey taking the lead. While details of the offers going back and forth are scant, most focus on a $1 per sub fee demand by Fox, and some analysts believe that the companies "will reach a compromise" of about $0.50-0.60 per subscriber. If you’re News Corp., any sub fee has to be considered a plus. But where it ends up will set the market and bar for future negotiations. The biggest leverage wielded during the PR offensive continues to be sports programming, with Fox’s coverage of the major bowl games and upcoming NFL season-ending action, including the heavily-hyped Eagles-Cowboys game Sunday for the NFC East title.
A Lose-Lose Situation
Colts facing angry fan base in dealing with fallout from failing to go for undefeated season.
Changing On The Fly
Pistons spend $6-7M on new team plane complete with more room, amenities.
Is NFL’s labor uncertainty reason Panthers set to keep front office, coaching staff in place and not spend on new regime?
Passing The Buck-Eye
As many schools cut back during bowl season, Ohio State pays for 127 fans heading to Pasadena.
Seven proposals submitted for new NBA Kings arena in Sacramento.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS tabs Cowboys Stadium as “Sports Personality of the Year.”
ESPN pulls Craig James from Alamo Bowl telecast after controversy leading to suspension of Texas Tech coach.
Eye Of The Tiger
Newcastle inks shirt supplier deal with Puma, ending 14-year association with adidas.