Quote of the Day
“If someone thinks it's a cash grab, we could do a lot of different things than what we're doing."
-- Maple Leafs President & GM Brian Burke, on the team unveiling new jerseys for the first time in three years (TORONTO STAR, 6/15).
Texas Will Remain
In Big 12 Conference
The Univ. of Texas has decided to stay put, shunning the advances of the Pac-10 and ensuring the future of the Big 12 Conference. Texas reportedly decides to remain in a 10-team Big 12 after Commissioner Dan Beebe promises higher TV revenue and grants the school the right to pursue its own network. The league stays together due to the promise of an extended media deal from FSN and assurances ESPN will not demand a lower rights fee with two fewer teams. Beebe after being sharply criticized for not doing enough to fend off rival leagues, is being applauded for keeping the conference together. Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott is also being lauded for his ambitious growth plan, even if he came up a bit short of his ultimate goal of a 16-team superconference. Scott will now likely set his sights on adding Utah to expand to 12 teams.
Changing Of The Guard
Pay dispute protests force police to take over security at two World Cup sites.
Loading The Bases
Ad inventory for July 13 MLB All-Star Game on Fox is completely sold out.
UFC relocates Salt Lake City event to San Diego due to poor ticket sales.
Power Of Three
ESPN3 content to be made available through Xbox Live as part of new Microsoft partnership.
Moving Closer To The Citi?
Source denies Mets have hired real estate firm to work on getting new Islanders arena in Queens.
Sam Flood named NBC Sports Exec Producer, becoming only seventh in network history.