Quote of the Day
"How important is the sun to life on Earth? We wouldn't be here without him."
-- Former Oregon football coach Mike Bellotti, on the importance Nike's Phil Knight has on the school as it plays for its first football national title tonight (ESPN.com, 1/9).
AEG Near Naming Rights For L.A. Stadium
In what could be another major step toward returning pro football to L.A., reports surfaced over the weekend -- first by a tweet from Peter King -- that Farmers Insurance will pay at least $400M over 20 years for the naming rights to AEG’s proposed football stadium in the city. While no deal is confirmed, the L.A. TIMES’ Sam Farmer notes a naming-rights deal would be a "significant step toward making the proposed stadium/events center a reality, paving the way for the NFL to return to the nation's second-largest market." AEG is reportedly seeking "multiple 'founding partners' to sponsor elements of the stadium, as is the case with other NFL venues." It would "provide guaranteed income, an important part of any stadium-financing plan." Meanwhile, the maneuvering for the NFL was examined in the N.Y. Times, which looks at the "intensity of the fight" between AEG and Majestic Realty.
Champions Among Us
Val Ackerman, Deane Beman, Barry Frank, Marvin Miller, Bill Rasmussen, Alan Rothenberg highlight new class of SBJ/SBD Champions.
Where The Wild Things Are
NBC, Fox see record overnights for NFL Wild Card round; Ravens-Chiefs down slightly on CBS.
Moving On Up
Citing good season, Gary Bettman predicts NHL revenue will increase 4-5% from $2.7B last year.
McCourt in talks with top MLB brass about legal, financial plans to retain control of Dodgers.
Call It A Comeback?
IMG wants to add three deals for Tiger this year; talks "hot" with Asian company for sponsorship.
Up For Renewal
Ross Greenburg calls a second edition of NHL "24/7" a "no-brainer;" Caps GM says experience might be "most fun I've ever had in this business."
Longtime agency exec Mark Dowley set to take on top marketing role with Under Armour.