Quote of the Day

"I would love to see it in some place like China. ... I would love to see that seed planted so that we could get more participants."
-- Skateboarder Tony Hawk, on ESPN's plans to open the bidding to four international X Games events beginning in '13. (ESPNFRONTROW.com, 5/17)
Wednesday May 18, 2011 Vol. 17 — No. 172 Print This Issue

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  • The Lineup Card

    John Skipper (c) poses with Tony Hawk (l) and Clay Matthews at ESPN upfront

    ESPN yesterday at its upfront presentation in N.Y. "outlined several options for its contingency plan in the event" that NFL players "don't take the field by September," according to Andrew Hampp of AD AGE. ESPN Exec VP/Content John Skipper said that the net "may consider adding more NASCAR programming" if the NFL lockout extends into the season . But Skipper added, "You just can't replace the NFL. They will come back." ESPN also is facing a June 6 deadline "to bid for the Olympics, which Disney is expected to go after in a big way between ABC Sports and ESPN." ESPN Exec VP/Sales & Marketing Sean Bratches: "We remain an interested party." Hampp noted ESPN is also "focusing on working more directly with marketers on custom-content initi ...

  • Finding A Friend

    NFL owners gaining upper hand in labor standoff thanks to ruling.

  • Stopping The Break

    Stern says league hoping for a CBA "without any interruption."

  • Dropping The Spirit Squad

    Atlanta Spirit discussing sale of Hawks to former Padres Owner John Moores.

  • Traveling Abroad

    X Games to launch three new international events in '13.

  • Back For More

    Raptors renew GM Colangelo's contract, but for only two years.

  • Pitcher Perfect

    Jered Weaver featured in rare SoBe marketing campaign.

  • Global Warming

    LPGA's Mike Whan claims tour's "strength" is international players.

  • Pouring Rights

    Budweiser set to become title sponsor of FA Cup.

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