Quote of the Day
"Government money always comes with strings attached."
-- Former U.S. Olympian Donna de Varona, on the USOC possibly seeking government funding in the future (WASHINGTON POST, 1/14).
NFL Counsel Levy Talks
About Wednesday's Hearing
While experts caution against trying to speculate the outcome of a Supreme Court decision based solely on the questions and comportment of the justices, that has not stopped observers at yesterday's American Needle v. NFL hearing from weighing in. The L.A. TIMES writes there was “skepticism from most of the judges” toward the NFL’s position, as the justices signaled that they are "not inclined to shield the NFL and other pro sports leagues from federal antitrust laws." The N.Y. POST notes the NFL "didn't seem to score a lot of winning points," as judging from the questions and comments by the justices, the NFL "didn't win the clear victory it sought." ESPN.com states comments and questions from an "unlikely combination” of justices Scalia, Breyer and Sotomayor “seemed to lay the foundation for the court to make a more limited ruling.” The WASHINGTON POST notes several justices suggested the possibility of "returning the case to the lower courts” with new instructions. The speculation will continue until the summer, as the court is expected to issue its ruling in June.
Going Around The Horn
MLB GMs enjoy candid five-hour sitdown with Selig at Owners' meetings.
Playing It Close To The Vest
David Samson part of heated radio interview after refusing to discuss Marlins' revenue-sharing agreement with MLB, union.
ABC/ESPN moving all but three of its '10 Sprint Cup races off broadcast in latest sign of sports' migration to cable.
Take Your Pick
Latest NFL CBA talks include different proposals for rookie contracts ahead of April's Draft.
Tangled Up In Blue
Mannion says economy, not lack of offseason activity due to McCourt divorce, the major factor in Dodgers ticket sales slump.
A Change Is Gonna Come?
USOC could consider government funding amid economic downturn, new leadership.
Big Wheels Keep On Turnin'
Continental Tire continues commitment to soccer with multi-year MLS sponsorship.
Driving Into The Sunset
Octagon, noted golf swing coach Hank Haney end exclusive representation.