Quote of the Day
"Yes, it's a long, big contract. But when you're in a position that the Washington Nationals are in, you at times have to pony up for an extra year or some more money to get the player."
-- Nationals GM Mike Rizzo, on signing RF Jayson Werth to a seven-year, $126M contract (ESPN.com, 12/5).
The NBA's future in New Orleans may be in jeopardy with the surprising news that the league plans to take complete control of the franchise in a matter of days. After George Shinn's long-stalled sale of the Hornets to Gary Chouest fell through for good in recent days, the NBA has no choice but to buy 100% of the team in a deal being compared to MLB's takeover of the Expos in '02. David Stern no doubt will move quickly to re-sell the Hornets, which Shinn reportedly "can no longer afford to run." But while the NBA assumes responsibility of finding a new owner, there is no guarantee that a new investor will want to stay in New Orleans -- one of the league's smallest markets. Seattle, K.C. and Anaheim are mentioned as possible new homes for the Hornets, who are struggling to draw fans despite a strong on-court product.
American Express back on board with NBA in wide-ranging three-year sponsorship deal.
Calling An Audible
NFLPA's Atallah says CBA talks "heating up" despite public posturing to the contrary.
Cowboy Take Me Away
Fox' 18.0 overnight for Cowboys-Colts ties season high; "SNF" up 6.6% from '09.
Best Buy making debut venture into Super Bowl advertising with 30-second spot; nearly one-third of SB ads could be from auto companies.
Sitting On The Sidelines
NFLPA makes statement by suspending agent Gary Wichard for nine months after finding improper contact with North Carolina player.
U.S. FIFA Exec Committee member calls for group to examine how it awards World Cups.
Don Meredith, one of the original "MNF" broadcasters, passes away in New Mexico at 72.