Quote of the Day
"I guess guys will try anything. I blew up a lot of things, but I never tried anything like that."
-- Former SMI President & CEO Humpy Wheeler, on Texas Motor Speedway’s new "No Limits" campaign which features scantily-clad women(ESPN.com, 11/2).
Fox Won Four Of Five Nights During Series
It was a tall order to ask the Giants-Rangers World Series to top the ratings for last year’s Yankees-Phillies Fall Classic, and while that certainly did not come to fruition, a deeper look into the numbers reveals a mixed bag for Fox. The fact that the Giants’ triumph is tied with Phillies-Rays in ’08 for the lowest-rated World Series ever cannot be glossed over, but Fox must be happy with the fact it won four of the five nights in primetime against strong first-run competition. Additionally, the drop in viewership did not occur overnight -- 11 of the past 16 World Series games have failed to hit double digits in Nielsen ratings. Meanwhile, the Fall Classic outdrew the NFL’s Sunday/Monday primetime package, as Fox’ combined audience for the final two games was slightly higher than combined viewership for “SNF” and “MNF.”
Time For A Growth Spurt
Big East formally announces plans to add two football teams; is westward expansion on horizon?
MSG's asbestos scare that postponed Knicks game Tuesday should not force future games to be relocated.
Off The Track
Stalemate between Edmonton, promoter leads to cancellation of Honda Edmonton Indy.
MLS Chivas USA chief Shawn Hunter stepping down in part to spend more time with family.
Tim Lincecum could see marketing windfall with first title, though past marijuana arrest may hurt.
UMass to host archival collection of sports marketing pioneer Mark McCormack; sports management program renamed for IMG Founder.
Survey of 100 NFL players shows most expect a new CBA deal to come by next summer.
Former NFL ref Mike Pereira has not been wrong in the 28 times Fox has called on him to explain controversial in-game situations.