SBD/Issue 245/Sports Industrialists

This Week's Newsmakers: A Tough Few Days For DC Sports Pundits

THE DAILY each Friday offers our take on the performances over the past week of people and entities in sports business. Here are this week’s newsmakers:

BYU's Cecil Samuelson Announcing School's
Decision To Become An Independent In Football

WIN: BYU -- Based on how the past week played out, don't be surprised if more schools follow the Cougars and declare independence in football. After a period of will-they-or-won't-they speculation, BYU finally announces its plans to leave the Mountain West and let its men of the gridiron roam free. Subsequent partnerships with ESPN, an eight-year contract, and Notre Dame, a six-year pact, quickly silence any questions surrounding the decision. 

LOSE: DC SPORTS MEDIA -- It will be a while before fans in our nation's capital hear from two well-known sports personalities -- MIKE WISE and ROB DIBBLE. The slow news cycle in the dog days of summer tempts the Washington Post columnist to try out a "theory" about sports media by intentionally posting a false report about BEN ROETHLISBERGER. Despite his retraction, the Post comes down hard on Wise, who will spend the next month watching from the sidelines. Also this week, Dibble's bizarre disappearance from the MASN booth comes into focus when the Nationals pull the plug on his analyst career on the net, reportedly "furious" with the former pitcher's harsh -- and ill-advised -- comments about STEPHEN STRASBURG.

DRAW: NIKE -- The company garners plenty of attention for the release of the latest iteration of its high-performance Pro Combat uniforms. The problem is that not all of the press is positive. Beyond complaints about the look of the unis -- one writer says they "have no reason to exist" -- Nike also comes into conflict with environmental activists angry about the company's depiction of a mountaintop removal mine in an ad for West Virginia's new duds. To Nike's credit, the company moves quickly to modify the ad, and the uniforms are certain to have people talking during the college football season.

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