Quote of the Day
"I really hope my siblings appreciate what I'm doing for the team."
-- Cubs co-Owner Todd Ricketts, while hosing down urinals and bathroom stalls as part of his appearance on CBS' "Undercover Boss" (CBS, 11/7).
Bills' Game At Rogers Centre Officially A Sellout
A week after taking its game to London, the NFL continued to test the international waters yesterday with the latest game in the Bills Toronto Series. Like the game in the U.K., yesterday's Bears-Bills matchup draws a capacity crowd, but the atmosphere is distinctively different from a domestic game. While officially listed as a home game for the Bills, the contest does not provide the same home-field advantage that is found at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bears fans “clearly outnumbered” Bills fans at Rogers Centre, and the Chicago contingent makes its voices heard in the Bears' 22-19 victory. But sources claim about 10,000 seats were giveaways, as fans have “not fallen in love with the idea of paying exorbitant prices” to watch a team that has not made the playoffs in a decade. Still, Rogers execs are looking at extending the series of Bills games beyond ’12, and they have hinted at their desire to see more contests played in Canada.
ESPN reportedly on board to distribute Longhorn Network in deal that will give UT $12M annually on top of Big 12 TV revenue.
Whip My Hair
Under Armour continues to increase athlete portfolio with Tom Brady; deal includes QB getting a financial stake in company.
Follow The Leader
Dick Ebersol likely to oversee sports for Comcast/NBC as company structure takes shape.
Can Peggy Skate?
NHL, Discover partner on one-year deal making credit card company an official partner in U.S.
My Old Kentucky Home
Will Breeders' Cup keep World Championships at Churchill Downs after a weekend that brought attendance, handle increases?
Money In The Bank
Phillies increase ticket prices for most of Citizens Bank Park, may again cap season-ticket sales.
Tiger working with Nike to change his traditional look to one with "brighter, jewelly colors."
On The Run
Dozens of sports business execs share stories and times from Sunday's ING N.Y. Marathon.