Quote of the Day
"The World Cup is an ascendant TV property in the U.S. that will become sequentially more valuable, even if it were held in
Mars or Pluto."
-- ESPN Exec VP/Content John Skipper, on Russia and Qatar hosting future World Cups (USA TODAY, 12/3).
Bill Clinton, Sunil Gulati Disappointed With '22 Bid Results
The U.S. and England are left to pick up the pieces of their shattered World Cup bids after FIFA spurns perhaps the two most highly regarded candidates in favor of new frontiers. USSF President Sunil Gulati can't hide his disappointment, calling it a "setback for our fans and everyone involved in U.S. Soccer." Where the U.S. went wrong -- or if it did at all -- is unclear, but FIFA makes a strong statement that there is a "big world out there." After a bidding process shrouded in controversy, the selection of Russia and Qatar is being called FIFA's "greatest folly." The reaction carries more vitriol in England, with bid leader Andy Anson saying bluntly, "Clearly something is wrong." Looking forward, questions abound for the World Cup's future. Will Russia be ready? What will Qatar look like in '22? One thing seems certain: TV rights in the U.S. will be a whole lot lower than if the Cup was landing in England and the States.
Time To Bounce
Donna Orender leaving WNBA at end of year to launch her own marketing company.
Steady As She Goes
NFLPA figures show league's average payroll up modest 6% from '09 despite uncapped season.
Setting The Bar High
Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board not actively shopping MLSE stake, but group reportedly would seek $1.5B for 66% share.
USTA's Gordon Smith is only NGB head to crack seven figures, earning $1.3M last year.
Pick Your Poison
DirecTV's Mike White says some RSNs could be dropped or offered a la carte beginning in '12.
Long Time No See
BMW returning to Super Bowl for first time in 10 years amid its "biggest launch period in history."
Chuck Greenberg upgrading Rangers' video board, installing IPTV system as part of ballpark's biggest renovation ever.