Quote of the Day
"What is that, a can-can situation?"
-- ESPN's Mary Carillo, on Venus Williams' outfit during her first-round match of the French Open Sunday against Patty Schnyder("French Open," ESPN2, 5/23).
On Pins And Needle
Supreme Court's Decision
Could Impact CBA Talks
The U.S. Supreme Court today unanimously overturns a lower court ruling against cap manufacturer American Needle, clearing the way for the company to proceed with an antitrust suit against the NFL in federal court. The NFL had claimed that the league and its teams are a single entity. The high court is basing its decision on the question of whether the league and its teams are capable of conspiring in violation of antitrust laws, or whether they should be exempt from them because they operate as a single enterprise. Justice John Paul Stevens writes, "The NFL teams do not possess either the unitary decisionmaking quality or the single aggregation of economic power characteristic of independent action. Each of them is a substantial, independently owned, independently managed business." So what now? ESPN's John Clayton suggests the ruling could begin to "kick-start some negotiations" for a new CBA in order to prevent a lockout during the '11 season.
Karmanos retains Allen & Co. to sell 50% of Hurricanes; NHL gives Glendale seven months to find a buyer before facing relocation.
Time To Own Up?
Tom Hicks' sale of the Rangers to Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan appears to be back on track once again.
French Tennis Federation's plans for Open overhaul may see event leave Roland Garros.
A Financial Statement
NFL nearing deal to make Barclays the exclusive provider of branded credit cards.
IRS filings detail a "financially sound" SEC even before new mega contracts with ESPN, CBS.
Say Goodbye To The Great Outdoors
ESPN to drop most of its outdoor programming, a "shock to the entire outdoors industry."