Quote of the Day
"It’s a huge, massive, behemoth sport. Is it going through a downtrend right now? Yes. Will it correct itself? Yes.”
-- Fox Sports Exec VP/Research & Programming Bill Wanger, on NASCAR (THE DAILY).
Chargers Deny Anschutz Is Buying Share Of Team
Rumblings of the Chargers possibly moving up the coast to L.A. got a whole lot louder yesterday when a report surfaced out of Toronto that Philip Anschutz reached a deal to buy 35% of the NFL team. The Chargers quickly denied that they have sold any part of the franchise to the AEG Chair, whose company is leading a push to bring the NFL back to downtown L.A. But with Alex Spanos looking to deal part of the Chargers and the team struggling to make any headway on a new San Diego stadium, could the rumored ties to AEG be far off? Meanwhile, the Vikings confirmed contact with both AEG and Ed Roski, though the club stressed that the team "wants to find a stadium solution in Minnesota."
Terry Pegula travels to N.Y. "presumably" to sign letter of intent to purchase Sabres.
Rogers Communications in talks to buy majority stake in MLSE, including all sports properties.
Beginning Of The End
Countdown to retirement from MLSE begins for Richard Peddie, whose teams have excelled on the business side but struggled in the win column.
A Cloud Over The Proceedings
FIFA corruption allegations call into question integrity of Thursday's World Cup voting.
So Close, Yet So Far Away
Jamie McCourt rejects settlement, prolonging divorce trial; Dodgers spend freely this offseason.
The Plot Thickens
Suit against Ted Forstmann claims he bet "hundreds of thousands of dollars" on college sports while IMG repped college coaches.
Racing In The Streets
Randy Bernard discusses moving IndyCar finale to Las Vegas at SBJ/SBD Izod IndyCar Series Motorsports Marketing Forum; conference wraps up after panels on reviving lagging TV ratings and the impact of social media.