Quote of the Day
"No color commentator --
not in the long history of professional football on television -- ever made professional football games
as much fun as Dandy
-- SI.com's Joe Posnanski (SI.com, 12/6).
Pucks & Bucks
It appears the NHL's salary cap will be on the rise again next season. Reports out of the league’s BOG meetings in Florida indicate the cap could increase by as much as $3M to $62.4M, a larger bump than previously expected. While the estimate is good news for the league -- it means revenue is projected to rise this season -- it may not be what some small-market owners wanted to hear. The cap has risen every year since the ’04-05 lockout, and another increase could leave small-market teams scrambling to hit a possible salary cap floor of $46.4M. In other news from the NHL meetings, the BOG clears the way for Matthew Hulsizer to purchase the Coyotes. He hopes to finalize the deal by the end of the year despite admitting the team is “not a home-run investment.” Also, the Thrashers continue to search for investors to keep the team in Atlanta, and the league OKs Harley Hotchkiss' sale of his 22% stake in the Flames.
Blades Of Steel
A suddenly clean-shaven Alex Ovechkin lands a multiyear sponsorship deal with Gillette.
In A League Of Their Own
David Stern vocalizes the NBA's hope to keep the Hornets in New Orleans after the league's $300M-plus takeover, but it won't be easy.
The Brady Bunch
ESPN earns an impressive 11.2 overnight for Patriots blowout, up 25.8% from last season.
Dynamo secure five-year, $12.7M jersey sponsorship with Houston-based Greenstar Recycling.
Foxwoods Casino partnering with MSG to sponsor final minutes of Knicks, Rangers games.
Got A Brand New Bag
Jerseys, shoes giving way to iPods and Xboxes as the gifts of choice during college bowl season.
Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow
Michael Wilbon pens his final column for the Washington Post, some 20 years after his first.