Quote of the Day
"I'm not stupid enough where I will say, 'We're going to make a move today.' All of a sudden it's in a tweeter from Ozzie. That's not the idea."
-- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, attempting to allay concerns over what he will say on his new Twitter feed (ESPNCHICAGO.com, 2/24).
Looking At The Next Chapter
As the Vancouver Games head into the homestretch, one of the most fascinating questions remains the future of U.S. rights with the IOC. NBC’s ratings are trending higher than the network’s guarantee to advertisers, and despite criticism over the delayed event coverage, Dick Ebersol’s production strategy is delivering viewers. But what about future Games after 2012 in London? ESPN has publicly said it is interested in the 2014 and 2016 Games, and by the comments coming out of Bristol, viewers can expect massive changes if it does land the Games. The net’s John Skipper stresses that “live” is built within the ESPN culture, adding that NBC’s coverage philosophy is “old-school.” Skipper: “I don't think nonlive is sports fan-friendly.” But NBC feels it is on to something pretty good, with Gary Zenkel, in perhaps a shot at future competition, stating, “Many of us have been doing this since 1992, some since 1988. ... The market has told us loud and clear that it places the most value on the big, diverse audience that gathers in front of the television at night.”
Home Sweet Home
Rogge overwhelmed by Vancouver enthusiasm at Games; local leaders stress the two weeks have "likely changed the city forever."
To Russia With Love?
With Canada and U.S. both one game away from playing for hockey Gold, some within the NHL still question Olympic participation.
Mike Milbury causes a stir by referring to Russia's on-ice play as "Eurotrash."
Huff & Puff
Cuban rebuts Arn Tellem piece: “Agents like to argue that pro sports should be an open market like the film industry. Well guess what, it is.”
Keep 'Em Coming
Red Sox sit slightly off pace of '09 ticket sales, but ownership optimistic on sellout streak.
Just Say No
MLB not likely to implement blood testing for HGH in the minors this year.
On Golden Pond?
Jerry West reportedly getting himself in the mix among groups aiming to buy the Warriors.
Duck On A New Pond
Washington State hires former Oregon AD Bill Moos to head its athletic department.
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