Quote of the Day
"These teams have dramatically different personalities. We do everything we can to be Switzerland."
-- New Meadowlands Stadium Co. President & CEO Mark Lamping, on the Jets and Giants (WALL ST. JOURNAL, 4/26).
It is safe to say the NFL moving its annual draft to three days was a success, as the league sees record viewership for the proceedings from N.Y. ESPN, ESPN2 and NFL Network draw a combined 45.4 million fans for their coverage, easily outdistancing the previous record of 39.0 million set in ’09. Scheduling the draft for three days also effectively breaks up what had become a marathon Saturday session for the first few rounds, adding a “more dynamic feel” to the event. Something to keep an eye on is whether the NFL may be open to a further expansion of the event. Roger Goodell admits the league is open to the idea of “holding the draft in multiple cities.” Goodell: “We have talked about whether you move to a location, or maybe you move one day of the draft.”
To Bee Or Not To Bee?
George Shinn's sale of the Hornets -- almost a done deal weeks ago -- now at a stalemate.
Concentration In Technology
David Levy says Turner Sports plans to use its digital experience with NBA and NASCAR to enhance operation of MMOD.
Turn Down The Lights
Bettman says relocation remains an option for Islanders with no Lighthouse developments.
Adding Fuel To The Fire
BP will help intensify the Cubs-White Sox rivalry by sponsoring new Crosstown Cup series.
Checking On The State Of Things
Vikings remain confident that Legislature will approve public funds for a new stadium.
Cuban invests in UFL, cites league's opportunity in the event of an NFL work stoppage.
Maryland Jockey Club hopes "Get Your Preak On" campaign will bring fans back to Pimlico.