Quote of the Day
"We came together this morning and realized the fate of an entire industry was in jeopardy."
-- Maryland Jockey Club President & COO Tom Chuckas, on the last-minute deal reached that guarantees live racing in the state next year (THOROUGHBREDTIMES.com, 12/22).
A Holly Jolly Christmas
Lakers Again Playing
On Christmas Day
The NBA is hoping sports fans are not too tired after opening presents on Saturday, as ESPN/ABC is rolling out a slate of five Christmas Day games that include the league’s highest-profile stars. The Heat will play the Lakers in the marquee game for the first time since LeBron James took his talents to South Beach, and the net notes Christmas is a “great opportunity to get in front of fans and showcase the NBA.” Fans watching the games will notice a slew of new inventory from league sponsors and the NBA itself. T-Mobile is debuting new ads featuring Dwyane Wade and Charles Barkley, while the league breaks the latest in the “Where Amazing Happens” campaign. However, not everyone is thrilled with the NBA’s decision to play on Christmas. Phil Jackson earlier this week expressed his reservations about the league playing games on the holiday, and now LeBron is speaking out against the schedule. James notes just about every player would “rather be home with our families.”
Joy To The World
Hawks and Thrashers get some holiday cheer as Atlanta Spirit settles six-year court battle.
O, Holy Night
Maryland brokers a last-minute deal to continue horse racing in '11, save the Preakness for now.
Deck The Halls
Auburn-Under Armour quietly operating under new deal that pairs the two through '15-16.
Jingle Bell Rock
Second installment of Caps-Penguins "24/7" maintains the "excellence expected" from HBO.
Go Tell It On The Mountain
InterContinental Hotels on board as an official PGA Tour sponsor, extends Crowne Plaza's title deal with Ft. Worth event.
Home For The Holidays
NFL, Westwood One reach agreement to extend their exclusive 23-year radio partnership.
... And A Happy New Year
Time Inc. splits news and sports groups, a sign sports media is its "biggest potential for growth