Quote of the Day

"I'm corporate America's dream, and then at the same time, a fan base's ... nemesis of that."

-- NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson, on his public image ("24/7 Jimmie Johnson," HBO, 1/26).

Wednesday January 27, 2010 Vol. 16 — No. 93 Print This Issue

Top Stories

  • Pros And Cons

    Can the NFL really save the Pro Bowl? The league hoped moving its all-star game one week before the Super Bowl and relocating to the same site would ignite some interest. However, early returns indicate the Pro Bowl may have been better off staying in Hawaii. Tickets are reportedly close to being sold out for Sunday's game at Sun Life Stadium, but fans may be the only people excited. Colts President Bill Polian lashes out at the league for making his Super Bowl-bound players attend Pro Bowl events in South Florida, saying, "It's stupid. It's a disruption. ... We have to send those players to Miami to do Lord knows what." Meanwhile, Sunday's game itself is "becoming more of a junior varsity game," with handfuls of marquee players pulling out of the contest.

  • On Second Thought 
    NFL decides against holding news conference next week on labor updates due to "little progress toward reaching an agreement."

    Cut To The Basket
    NBA team owner admits plans to "chop the money down" for players in next CBA.

    The Horse Whisperers
    A-B benching iconic Clydesdales during Super Bowl for more humorous tone in its nine ads.

    Sensitivity Training
    Ad Age's Bob Garfield says he is "stunned" by CBS' decision to risk one of "last great franchises" on potentially polarizing Focus on the Family ad.

    Full Disclosure 
    Nolan Ryan admits MLB has overseen Rangers' finances since July, but expects restrictions to end after sale.

    Their Civic Duty
    L.A. Marathon inks three-year deal with Honda to become first title sponsor in 25-year history.

    Fighting Back
    USOC reaches out to Subway, Verizon regarding ad campaigns it considers ambush marketing.

    The Naked Truth
    Greg Oden gets out in front of nude photo flap, apologizes for embarrassing Trail Blazers.

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