Quote of the Day
"We have no intentions of selling this team. My goal is to get this stadium built and solidify this team in San Diego for the long term."
-- Chargers President & CEO Dean Spanos, on the future of the franchise (NORTH COUNTY TIMES, 9/10).
Saints' Win Draws Big
The NFL is back, and based on the first game, maybe better than ever. NBC scores a massive 17.7 overnight rating for the Saints' 14-9 victory over Brett Favre and the Vikings, the best regular-season overnight rating in 13 years. The game also earns honors as NBC's best NFL primetime overnight ever. The lasting image from Thursday's game could be players from both teams showing solidarity in support of the NFLPA amid the ongoing labor dispute. Drew Brees says the unexpected symbolic gesture shows "we're all one voice." However, former NFLer Mike Golic says it is a "bad move to do anything publicly" to upset the fan base. With the CBA due to expire in March, former NFL team execs Andrew Brandt and Lou Imbriano give an insider's perspective on how teams are operating ahead of a potential lockout in '11 and offer their 12-month forecasts. Other news heading into the first Sunday of the season: Sam Bradford's arrival in St. Louis helps boost ticket sales for the Rams and John Lynch chats about calling games for Fox.
Bridging The Gap
USOC to contribute $18M toward costs of staging Olympics, clearing way to open revenue-sharing talks with IOC earlier than planned.
Labor Day Classic
Boise State-Virginia Tech ranks as ESPN's second-most viewed college football game ever.
Green Acres Is The Place To Be
"Hard Knocks" finale draws most viewers since '02 as Jets prove as entertaining as advertised.
Chargers latest NFL team to face blackout, continuing disturbing trend from '09 season.
Open And Shut Discussion
Izod IndyCar Series releases '11 schedule, leaves ISC off the grid for first time in 13 years.
Shifting Into High Gear
3M extends NASCAR sponsorship, adding new brands under five-year, multimillion-dollar deal.
Canada PM says backing Quebec arena with federal funds would open door for future venues.
What The Fans Really Want
Newark STAR-LEDGER critic reviews food options at New Meadowlands Stadium, which is "putting a premium on good grub."
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