Quote of the Day
"I wish there was a direct correlation between how much you spend and how many games you win. Unfortunately, there is not."
-- Dodgers Owner Frank McCourt, defending the drop in the team's payroll over the last three years (MLB.com, 1/14).
Winter Blanket Coverage
With less than a month until the Winter Games kick off in Vancouver, NBC Universal announces its plans to provide a record amount of coverage during the 17-day event. The 835 total hours of coverage nearly double the network's 419 hours in Turin four years ago. There also is an increased focus on NBCOlympics.com, which will stream some 400 hours of live competition. Vancouver marks the final Olympics before the IOC awards U.S. rights for the '14 and '16 Games, but a decision on the winning network might be delayed yet again. Following Dick Ebersol's claim NBC will lose money on this Olympiad, the IOC's Richard Carrion cites the economic recession and says, "There is sufficient instability in the market that we may wait a bit." But while some experts anticipate the winning rights bid to come in below what NBC paid for the Vancouver and London Games, Carrion reiterates his belief that the final figure will indeed be an increase.
Fit For The Kings
NBA, Maloofs throw support behind land-swap proposal that would see new downtown Sacramento arena.
Staying Out Of Dodge
Frank McCourt adamant divorce having no impact on Dodgers, will not force future sale.
Selig meets for first time with on-field task force, expects an action item before season's start.
Could lack of uniform NFL Divisional Round schedule hurt ratings for this weekend's games?
Kick It Up A Notch
Garber talks CBA at SuperDraft, says players are "going to have to try to think about what kind of deal they'll accept."
What A Feeling!
Danica Patrick to reenact iconic movie scenes in one of Go Daddy's two Super Bowl spots.
Gunning For The Top
N.Y. TIMES profiles Stan Kroenke in front-page piece ahead of potential Arsenal takeover.
Lending A Helping Hand
Leagues, teams and players rally to support relief efforts in wake of devastating Haiti earthquake.