Quote of the Day
"We're not in Cleveland anymore. I wish we were. "
-- ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst, on the difficulties of adjusting to covering LeBron James with the Heat compared to the Cavaliers (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 11/21).
France (r) Looks On As Johnson Celebrates Title
Where does NASCAR go from here? After a season filled with some of its best competition in years, the sport still has some tough questions to answer regarding declining TV ratings and filling seats. Brian France sounds like a man who has all ideas on the table, from shortening races, to moving start times (again) to working with ESPN to somehow boost ratings that were down about 20% going into Sunday’s finale. The circuit ends the season on a bright note, as Sunday’s race, in which Jimmie Johnson claims his record fifth straight Sprint Cup title, earned a 3.3 overnight rating on ESPN, up from a 3.2 in '09 on ABC. A front-page piece in Sunday’s CHARLOTTE OBSERVER looked at the state of the sport, and wrote that fans offer a "variety of answers" as to "what has led to the sport's declining numbers."
Picking Up Even More Speed
CBS draws its second-best overnight of NFL season for Colts-Patriots; NBC sees highest November primetime number since '98.
The World Awaits
Garber says MLS will look at aligning schedule to int'l calendar, though he says analysis could take the "next couple of years."
At The Last Minute
Astros Owner Drayton McLane simply says it is time to "move forward," but cautioned there is "no rush" to sell the franchise.
The Tables Have Turned
Former Turner Sports boss Mark Lazarus leaving CSE to head cable sports for Comcast-NBC.
Two Weeks Notice
ATP listens to requests from players like Federer and Nadal, extends offseason to seven weeks.
Running The Spectrum
Philly Live construction dramatically scaled back from 350,000-square-foot projection.
I Left My Heart In San Francisco
Jon Miller leaning toward not taking ESPN Radio job, could expand role on Giants broadcasts.
Nothing To See Here
NFL denies leaked images showing radically different jersey styles are from Nike.