Quote of the Day
"They were fans of offense and big hits on defense. They seemed to especially love field goals."
-- The Denver Post's Lindsay Jones, on a review of the fans who attended the Broncos-49ers game at London's Wembley Stadium yesterday (DENVERPOST.com, 10/31).
World Series, "SNF" Both Put Up Solid Ratings
In a battle for supremacy on Halloween night, both NBC and Fox -- and sports business in general -- can claim to be winners. NBC wins the head-to-head battle, as “SNF” earns an 11.8 overnight Nielsen rating for the Saints’ win over the Steelers compared to a 10.4 overnight for the Giants’ 4-0 shutout of the Rangers. However, Fox wins the night thanks in large part to a 45-minute overrun of the Vikings-Patriots game. NFL fans will no doubt tout how football is now America’s unofficial pastime after losing the last such head-to-head showdown rather handily in ’92. However, critics who talk of the gloom and doom around MLB should note the Game Four overnight is equal to that of Game One last Wednesday, when there was far less competition.
A Jolly Good Time
As hearty crowd attends fourth annual NFL game in London, Goodell again stresses plans for a second U.K. event in near future.
Fallout from Cablevision/Fox deal -- cable companies may go on the defensive, while networks may feel emboldened to increase fees.
Saving For A Rainy Day
NFL creates $900M lockout pool out of savings from not paying non-health care benefits.
The Need For Speed
Robby Gordon hopes his new Speed Energy drink can provide revenue for his race team.
You Can Party, Just Not As Hard
Should Giants win World Series tonight, their celebration could lack the accustomed amount of locker room champagne per new MLB rules.
... And I Approve This Message
Sports programming a favorite outlet for Republican ad buyers ahead of midterm election.
Built Ford Tough
THE DAILY begins a week-long look at NFL pregame show sponsor exposure.
NASCAR Loses "A Giant"
NASCAR mourns the loss of Jim Hunter, whose "influence probably will be felt for years."