Quote of the Day
"We don't have 32
players who have
private jets in the NFL."
-- Chiefs LB Mike Vrabel, on fans being able to relate moreto players than to owners (AP, 12/28).
NHL Continuing Preparations For Winter Classic
You can understand if all eyes at the NHL’s offices are glued to the Weather Channel, as with three days and counting before its heavily hyped and anticipated Winter Classic, the weather gods are not cooperating. The latest forecast is calling for a 50-70% chance of rain Saturday, with high temperatures predicted to reach 48-53 degrees. League officials remain committed to starting the game as scheduled around 1:00pm ET, but they reportedly could start the game as late as 8:00pm if the forecast forces their hand. The weather throws an unfortunate curveball into what has become one of the most eagerly anticipated New Year’s Day events, as evidenced by the heavy media coverage and early merchandise sales. It also bares watching what, if any, impact a postponement would have on the production of HBO’s “24/7,” which has been one of the most talked about and praised programs of the month based entirely on the preparation and play of Saturday’s game.
Any Night Is Football Night
NBC earns 15.2 overnight for first Tuesday NFL game in 64 years; SI names Fox rules guru Mike Pereira its top sports media person of '10.
Going Out On Top
Saints-Falcons earns third-largest cable TV audience ever, helping ESPN to its most-viewed "MNF" season since acquiring series in '06.
When The Lights Go Out
Struggling Flames make a change at the top with Darryl Sutter stepping down as Exec VP & GM.
We Were Only Freshmen
ESPN might be in for a tough first campaign with the BCS, which features a "less-than-mediagenic lineup" this season.
Iron In The Fire
Pittsburgh on board with Steelers' desire for more Heinz Field seats, but who's going to pay?
Turning A Cold Shoulder
Lou Lamoriello defends decision to play Leafs-Devils game on Sunday despite mega snowstorm.
Louisville Arena boss Jim Host bullish on his high school sports website, contends it will "be as large as ESPN.com in 18 months."