Quote of the Day
"No way am I going to comment on that, that’s under penalty of death!"
-- Heat President of Business Operations Eric Woolworth, on how he thinks the NBA's labor situation will play out(THE DAILY).
NBA Season Begins Tonight With Heat-Celtics
Tonight is easily the most anticipated NBA tip-off in memory, as the league is packed with compelling storylines, driving fan interest and new business. The financial metrics around most of the league’s line-items all show increases -- new season-ticket sales are north of 50,000; licensed merchandise sales in the past month alone are up 44% from last year; TNT states that its ad sales are pacing anywhere between 30-40% ahead of last year, and the net is virtually sold out in the fourth quarter. Could these be the NBA’s salad days? It is certainly hard to recall such a robust time in league history, but it also comes just nine months before the expiration of the CBA, and the prospect of a lockout will numb much of the excitement.
Raising The Bar
Vikings-Packers delivers NBC highest-rated "Sunday Night Football" telecast ever; ESPN sees best "MNF" overnight of season for Giants-'Boys.
Future Of TV?
Bob Bowman questions ESPN/Time Warner online video model, its multiple access points.
For A Good Cause
Jeff Gordon set to announce anti-hunger campaign as primary sponsor for most '11 races.
Thanks For The Memories
After 10 years, what have the Grizzlies meant to Memphis? One columnist says it is "complicated."
T-Mobile, Taco Bell, Kia ranked as highest-spending NBA advertisers last season.
FAST COMPANY tabs Lakers, Suns and Celtics as most "socially savvy" NBA teams.
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