Quote of the Day

"It's a great sport, a timeless sport. It's relaxing, it's fun. It's one of those things in the African-American community I wish that they would push more. Hopefully I can encourage people to do that."
-– Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, on his love of baseball and what he hoped to accomplish by visiting the Rangers' Spring Training facilities earlier this week. (USA TODAY, 3/4)
Tuesday March 4, 2014 Vol. 20 — No. 119 Print This Issue

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  • The Final Countdown

    As ESPN enters the run-up to its final FIFA World Cup, the network’s top programming execs say they remain committed to soccer even without the sport’s biggest event. Although Fox Sports snatched the rights to the next two World Cup events in '18 and '22, ESPN will continue to be an aggressive bidder for domestic and int'l soccer rights, said ESPN Senior VP/Programming Scott Guglielmino. In addition to a pending deal for MLS and the U.S. men’s national team World Cup qualifying games, ESPN touts other high-profile int'l deals, including rights to the Mexican national team’s games (through Univision) and about 350 UEFA games that include World Cup qualifiers. Both of those deals run through '18. ESPN holds rights to t ...

  • Taking The Collar

    Nike panned for simple, all-white design of U.S. Soccer jerseys.

  • Buc The Trend

    The Buccaneers' new outside-the-box uniforms conjure up comparisons to the XFL.

  • Raising Their Profile

    Longhorn, SEC Nets get boost in carriage with Disney-Dish deal.

  • This Is Just A Test

    MLB looks to speed up replay process after first challenges used during Spring Training.

  • The Scarlet Numbers

    Rutgers' athletic department is relying on television deals and improved ticket sales to break even.

  • The Back-Up Plan

    NFL may experiment with PAT attempts from the 25-yard line.

  • Into The Wild

    Bettman impressed by Minnesota venues, says Wild deserve outdoor game.

  • Spring Breakthrough

    The MLB Rangers are seeing the benefits of Russell Wilson's stint at Spring Training.

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