Quote of the Day
"The part that hurts is when we finally got through the circus and got to concentrate on building, we had a pretty good team. Not seeing it to the conclusion is hard.”
-- Former Lightning co-Owner Oren Koules, on having to sell the team (GLOBE & MAIL, 2/9).
Super Bowl XLIV Stands
As Most-Viewed TV Show
Meet the new boss. The NFL eclipsing “MASH” as the most-viewed television program is the early sports business story of the year and adds another feather in the cap of the most popular sports property in North America. While many were predicting a record number, it is still an astonishing figure in the face of fragmentation. The reasons for the high tune-in are varied -- great storylines, the appeal of Peyton Manning and the Saints' story, a massive snowstorm that left much of the mid-Atlantic homebound (DC was the surprising No. 2 market). From the experts, the reasons vary as well. CBS’ Les Moonves says, “People want to share communal experiences,” while Syracuse Univ. professor Robert Thompson says there is “still this appetite to share the same cultural glue” provided by the Big Game. Ad buyer Brad Adgate calls the Super Bowl “the last media event,” while CBS’ Sean McManus calls the NFL “the perfect television property." McManus: "The rest keeps getting fractionalized and the NFL keeps getting more appealing to viewers. It's hard to explain the phenomena."
Tom Hicks reveals that he personally lent $85M to Hicks Sports Group to help cover debt.
Getting Behind The Curtain
NCAA loses motion to dismiss Ed O'Bannon suit, which may ultimately give a rare inside-look at how the organization operates.
Making A First Impression
Scott Blackmun meets for the first time with Jacques Rogge to help thaw USOC-IOC relations.
Wheel Of Fortune?
Rumors starting to surface that Bridgestone is set to assume naming rights to Predators' arena.
Packed Up And Ready To Go
With Katzman waiting for clearance on sale of his Cavs stake, might he make a play for the Pistons?
Quick And To The Point
NBC focusing more on short highlight clips rather than live-event streaming from Vancouver.
What Does The Future Hold, Swami?
Blogosphere spreading word that NFL Network, DirecTV are hot in pursuit of Chris Berman.