Quote of the Day

"Not to criticize the IOC, but on future Winter Olympic host city applications, you might want to add the question: 'Does it snow there?'"

-- Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert, on the lack of snow around Vancouver prior to the Games ("The Colbert Report," Comedy Central, 2/11).

Friday February 12, 2010 Vol. 16 — No. 105 Print This Issue

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  • Vancouver Becomes Center Of The Sports World

    NBC officials have a "great sense of anticipation" as the network kicks off its coverage of the Vancouver Games this weekend. The network estimates that 200 million viewers will tune in over the course of its more than 835 hours of coverage, which would rank as the second-most watched Winter Olympics. However, NBC faces a few hurdles, including inclement weather possibly throwing off the network's precise schedule. The Peacock though likely is breathing a sigh of relief as the highly-marketable Lindsey Vonn will attempt to compete despite her bruised shin. Vonn is not the only well-known athlete in Vancouver -- Shaun White ranks atop Forbes' list of highest-earning Winter Olympians. In other news, many Olympic sponsors are using the Games to push social media efforts, but a panel of marketing consultants expresses a general surprise at the lack of pre-Games activation.

  • Why Don't You Stay A While
    Roger Goodell signs extension to remain NFL Commissioner through '15, will not take raise.

    Riding In Cars With Boys
    NASCAR hopes the Daytona 500 can kick start a year of resurgence, but the sport's top drivers all are in the shadow of Danica this weekend.

    We Pledge Allegiance
    U.S. Olympic officials now have the government on their side in an ongoing effort to thwart ambush marketers, especially Subway.

    With This Ring ...
    The USOC faces a critical two weeks, aiming to turn over a new leaf with the IOC.

    Who's Gonna Start The Fire?
    VANOC holds Opening Ceremony cards close to the vest, hoping for element of surprise.

    The Price Of Doing Business
    Shahid Khan's purchase of the Rams values the club at $750M, though whether he will buy 60% or 100% remains to be seen.

    Puck Control
    Daryl Katz ups the rhetoric, says a new arena is "crucial" to the Oilers' future in Edmonton.

    Looking In For The Signal
    Bob Bowman says he has yet to decide if he will enter Michigan's gubernatorial race.

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