Quote of the Day
"People laughed as these schedule releases become
an important date on the calendar, but that tells you
the power of the NFL."
-- ESPN's Mike Tirico, on the NFL releasing the '10 regular-season schedule Tuesday night (ESPN2, 4/20).
Jets Among Teams With
Five Primetime Games
The latest effort by the NFL to make its schedule release the next great sports high point comes last night, and the live release offers up a few interesting nuggets. First, the league focuses on divisional rivalries in its effort to maintain interest with meaningful games late in the season. It also looks to build appeal around the traditional Thanksgiving Day games by adding more star power to the line-up. In terms of the primetime grid, the most interesting aspect is that the NFL is directly taking on the World Series with a Saints-Steelers game on Sunday, October 31. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says bluntly, "People want to watch football for the entire season. We didn't feel like it was appropriate to take it off any more." The Cowboys, Steelers and Colts continue to dominate the national primetime slots with five games, and the Jets are high on the league/network hit list with five primetime appearances and four more slated for late afternoon.
Samaranch Passes Away
"Complex and controversial” Samaranch dies at 89; remembered for re-establishing Olympic movement and building political muscle, but tainted by scandal and personal standing.
Rockies Remember McGregor
Rockies mourn loss of Keli McGregor, influential leader known for his compassion and patience.
She Came, She Saw, She Conquered
Ochoa's retirement shocks golf world, as LPGA loses another top player.
Storm land jersey sponsorship deal with Bing, becoming third WNBA team to ink jersey pact.
Show Me What I'm Looking For
Kroenke upset about perception he would relocate Rams, saying, “I've always stepped up for pro football in St. Louis.”
Recycle, Reduce, Reuse
Mariners again go green, as 70% of service ware at Safeco Field is recycled or composted.
Turning The Channel
USOC, Comcast drop plans to launch Olympic network, ending USOC's four-year effort.
Oil Slick Ahead
Shell/Pennzoil to be primary sponsor of Kurt Busch at Penske Racing beginning next season.
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