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).

Monday December 6, 2010 Vol. 17 — No. 59 Print This Issue

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  • Louisiana Purchase


    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.

  • Taking Charge
    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.

    Electrical Storm
    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.

    Geography Lesson
    U.S. FIFA Exec Committee member calls for group to examine how it awards World Cups.

    The Epicentre Of The Action
    ACC pleased with turnout for first title game in Charlotte; SEC, Big 12 ratings tumble from '09.

    In Memory
    Don Meredith, one of the original "MNF" broadcasters, passes away in New Mexico at 72.

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