Quote of the Day
"I can't wait to go over there and show all of Europe what 49ers football is all about."
-- 49ers TE Vernon Davis, on playing the Broncos at London's Wembley Stadium next season (MERCURY NEWS, 1/16).
Manning Just Part Of NFL's Desirable Final Four
The NFL’s Final Four is set, and it is doubtful the league could have drawn up better matchups from a ratings perspective. The teams include two proven quantities in drawing viewers (Peyton Manning and Brett Favre), the feel-good team of the season (Saints) and the country’s top media market (Jets). As a lead-in to Championship Sunday, all four games this weekend see significant ratings increases from ’09. Meanwhile, two more first-time advertisers in the Super Bowl are disclosed, and the tone of the ads could not be more different. Boost Mobile signs several members of the ’85 Bears to recreate their legendary “Super Bowl Shuffle” video. However, it is possible more people will be talking after the game about the spot non-profit Christian group Focus on the Family will air. Tim Tebow and his mother will appear in the ad, which is rumored to carry an anti-abortion theme.
Karen Davidson seriously considering selling Pistons, has sought advice from David Stern.
The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow
Sun Life Financial acquires naming rights to Dolphin Stadium in time for Super Bowl.
A New Olympic Standard
NBC sets a 14.0 primetime ratings guarantee as part of revised ad sales goal for Vancouver.
THE DAILY takes a closer look at the plan behind McGwire's admission, while PR experts offer their two cents on Big Mac's strategy.
Welcome To The Neighborhood
Wrigley faithful meet the Ricketts family, as the new owners unveil ballpark makeover plans, receive "several rousing ovations."
Ted's Excellent Adventure
Leonsis plans to negotiate through Wednesday deadline for deal to buy Wizards, Verizon Center.
Early Bird Gets The Worm
Orioles adding fees for tickets bought on game day, bumping prices for marquee games.
ESPN.com's 101.9 million video streams in December comes in above all sports sites.