Quote of the Day
"We have no muzzles on us. All three of us feel free to express opinions on what we feel strongly about. The problem here is you're talking about a subject we don't have any expertise in."-- Mets play-by-play announcer Gary Cohen, on calling games on team-owned SportsNet N.Y. amid ongoing off-field issues facing the franchise. (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 4/1)
A record 12 MLB teams "have payrolls of more than $100 million" at the start of the '11 season, and while the Yankees "reduced their payroll from a year ago by $3 million to $203 million," they still lead all MLB teams. The Phillies and Red Sox, who "each committed more than $125 million in free agency last winter, are as close to the Yankees as any teams have been since 2002." The Phillies' Opening Day payroll is $173M after the addition of P Cliff Lee, while the Red Sox' signing of LF Carl Crawford bumped their payroll to $161.8M. The average player salary is $3.3M, up 1% from '10. Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez again leads all players with a $32M salary.
NFL players file for multimillion-dollar damages from NFL media deals.
DirecTV, YES face Friday deadline for new carriage deal.
A's switching flagship signal to FM country station.
CBS rolling out three-man booth at the Final Four for the first time.
Veteran motorsports execs team for new Charlotte-based agency.
Poynter faculty find ESPN at fault for not breaking Rose DUI story.
Competitor Group tells Milwaukee race to change name.
IMG World Congress of Sports concludes with an all-star panel of labor experts.
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