Quote of the Day

"They want to get it done, they want to get back to L.A. Roger Goodell believes in L.A. and he wants to get a team here desperately. And the owners want to get a team here."

-- AEG President & CEO Tim Leiweke, on his conversations with L.A. city leaders and the NFL Commissioner about bringing an NFL team to L.A. (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 12/9).

Thursday December 9, 2010 Vol. 17 — No. 62 Print This Issue

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  • School Ties

    Bill Hancock Defends
    BCS System At IAF

    The IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum hosted by SBD/SBJ is concluding today, but not before the BCS, the rising cost of college sports and the rapidly changing media landscape served as key talking points during the opening day of the conference. BCS Exec Dir Bill Hancock in a wide-ranging Q&A tackled constant criticism facing college football's postseason, saying simply, "It works." Hancock believes the BCS is "more transparent than ever before," but acknowledges that the organization needs to improve on "communicating how it operates." The surprising news of Florida's Urban Meyer resigning created a good talking point for a panel of ADs discussing the cost of staying competitive. All seemed to agree the NCAA could do a better job of bridging the public perception of the "haves" and "have-nots." Execs from CBS, Turner and the NCAA gathered to talk about the new March Madness rights agreement, a partnership CBS' Mike Aresco says was born out of necessity.

  • March-ing Orders
    Tim Leiweke hopes to have NFL stadium plan in L.A. wrapped up within next three months; finalists named to build proposed facility.

    One Step At A Time 
    Chargers commit to stay at Qualcomm for '11 season, but do not guarantee anything further.

    By Any Means Necessary
    NBA owners "seem increasingly entrenched" to imposing sweeping changes to economic system.

    The Ascent Of Stan?
    McLane has talked to more than 20 people about buying Astros, including Stan Kasten.

    Get Your Caffeine Fix 
    Tim Hortons signs multiyear deal with NHL that includes entitlement of '11 Heritage Classic.

    Not Out Of The Picture Yet
    Hornets coach "could envision a scenario" in which Gary Chouest returns to purchase team.

    Already Posting A Double-Double
    ESPN, TNT see double-digit percentage ratings and viewership gains for NBA game coverage; attendance flat with last season.

    All Hands On Deck
    Avs' Duchene intends to use Twitter account to address attendance woes at Pepsi Center.

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