Published November 26, 2008
|•||Arsenal Names MLS Deputy Commissioner Ivan Gazidis CEO|
|•||PGA Tour Policy Board Approves FedEx Cup Playoff Changes|
|•||LG Electronics Reaches Multi-Year Deal To Sponsor F1 Series|
|•||Lions Sell Out Thanksgiving Day Game, Will Avoid TV Blackout|
Publishing Notice: Morning Buzz will not publish tomorrow due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Morning Buzz, The Daily, and Closing Bell will return Monday, December 1.
|Gazidis Leaving MLS For Arsenal|
The PGA Tour Policy Board Tuesday ratified changes to the structure of the FedEx Cup playoffs, including a revamped points system and a guarantee the champion will be determined at the culminating event, the Tour Championship. The Board also scheduled the Tour Championship for September 24-27, creating a one-week break between the event and the BMW Championship, which will be held from September 10-13 (PGA Tour).
PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem: "We had to re-evaluate the current structure and consider the best ways to maintain interest and excitement throughout the playoffs" (
LG Electronics Wednesday announced a multi-year deal to become a global partner and technology partner of F1 beginning in January. Per the deal, LG will be designated the official consumer electronics, mobile phone and data processor of F1. LG gets worldwide F1 marketing rights and will be credited on the timing service at F1 events and on TV graphics (LG). Terms were not released, but LG CMO Dermot Boden said that the "sum would amount to tens of millions of dollars over the period" of the deal (REUTERS, 11/26).
LIONS SELL OUT TITANS GAME AT FORD FIELD, WILL AVOID THANKSGIVING BLACKOUT
The Lions have "avoided their first non-sellout of a Thanksgiving Day game in more than a decade," meaning Thursday's Titans-Lions game will be broadcast locally on
Meanwhile, the Chargers face possible local blackouts for Sunday's game against the Falcons and the December 4 game against the Raiders, as the "team says 'more than 2,000' tickets remain unsold for both games" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 11/26).
NFL ROLLING OUT SPECIAL FITNESS-THEMED SPOTS FOR THANKSGIVING GAMES
The three nationally-televised NFL games on Thanksgiving Day will include special PSAs featuring home-team players in support of NFL Play 60, the league's health and fitness campaign aimed at getting kids to be active for 60 minutes a day. Eagles QB Donovan McNabb, Cowboys LB DeMarcus Ware and Lions WR Calvin Johnson will appear in the spots (NFL).
In support of the Play 60 campaign, the NFL runs a full-page ad in the N.Y. Times. The ad shows Saints QB Drew Brees participating in the NFL Play 60 Take a Player to school initiative with the copy, "Childhood obesity affects 1 out of 3 children in the U.S. NFL Play 60 is committed to reversing this trend" (THE DAILY).
BILLUPS TO WEAR LIMITED-EDITION ADIDAS SHOE FOR THANKSGIVING GAME
BOONE PICKENS STADIUM WILL HAVE ABOUT 15,000 EMPTY SEATS FOR OU-OSU
There will be about 15,000 empty seats at the 60,000-seat Boone Pickens Stadium for Saturday's
CBS INKS MULTI-YEAR PACT TO AIR A-10 MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
CBS Sports Tuesday reached a multi-year deal to broadcast the Atlantic 10 Conference men's basketball championship game beginning in 2010. CBS takes over the game from ESPN. Terms of the deal were not released. As part of the switch, the game will move from Saturday to Selection Sunday, and the "four first-round games will be played at campuses of higher-seeded teams" (
The game will take the 1:00pm ET slot vacated by the SEC men's championship game, which will move to ABC (
With the Chinese government recently agreeing to “introduce betting on a trial basis,” the first “legal horse-race wagers since 1949 will be placed on Saturday” when the
SBD/SBJ READER SURVEY: STATE OF SPORTS INDUSTRY BONUS QUESTIONS
As part of this year's fourth annual SportsBusiness Daily/SportsBusiness Journal readers survey, THE DAILY offers several bonus questions on the state of the sports industry.
Former Ducks Exec VP & GM Brian Burke "will have a formal contract offer from the Maple Leafs in his hands" Wednesday, and it is anticipated that he will be introduced as the team's President & GM on Saturday (
The UFC will “hold its first event in
|Sapp Finishes Second On
ABC's "Dancing With The Stars"
A crowd of 12,000 CFL Calgary Stampeder fans attended the team’s Grey Cup victory rally Tuesday at Olympic Plaza (EDMONTON JOURNAL, 11/26).
Warren Sapp Tuesday came in second to Brooke Burke in the season finale of ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars.” Sapp: "I’m just glad I didn’t do any disrespect to the football guys out there. Second" (“Dancing With The Stars,” ABC, 11/25).
“There is an awareness of the problem and a focus on dealing with it. I think they have come a long way and deserve credit … and I hope they continue” – Former MLB investigator George Mitchell, lauding MLB owners and the MLBPA for strengthening the league’s drug-testing policy since the Mitchell Report's release in December '07 (N.Y. TIMES, 11/26).
“In these challenging times, we have to work even harder to grow our business” – Citibank spokesperson Steve Silverman, in response to criticism of the bank’s sports sponsorship portfolio, which includes a $400M entitlement deal for the Mets’ new ballpark, as Citi seeks government aid (N.Y. POST, 11/26).
“That in a sense would be a nightmare, to have a Giants-Jets Super Bowl. You know how many angry ticket holders there would be, thinking, and probably rightfully so, that they were entitled to go to the game?” – Giants President & CEO John Mara (N.Y. POST, 11/26).
“Why would it be a distraction? We still have him” – Cavaliers C Zydrunas Ilgauskas, on speculation that Cavaliers F LeBron James will sign with a N.Y. team when he is a free agent in 2010 (NEWSDAY, 11/26).
“It was for the 2,062 guys who deserve whatever was coming to them (the award is about $10,000 per player). For me to be a small part in making that happen, that’s a feeling beyond words” – Former NFLer Herb Adderley, on the NFLPA having to pay $28.1M in damages over licensing revenue (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 11/26).
“We’re a team. We’re just a wall apart. Everybody feels like we’re in the same fraternity, trying to promote the same sport” – NBA TV’s Ahmad Rashad, on whether there is any competition with TNT’s Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith (CLEVELAND.com, 11/25).
A LIGHTER BUZZ….
MLB’s adoption of instant replay was chosen as No. 38 in Time magazine’s Best Inventions of 2008, “right there between smog-eating cement and enhanced fingerprints” (MLB.com, 11/25).
MLS will hold its expansion draft, allowing the expansion Seattle Sounders FC to select one player from 10 of the 14 teams.
Comcast-Spectacor will sell discount Flyers merchandise during a "Beat the Clock Sale" at the
Universal Sports and universalsports.com will offer live coverage of the FIS' Ski World Cup. Coverage continues into Sunday.
F1 driver Felipe Massa has organized the Int'l Challenge of Go-Kart Champs, a charity event in
Tennis Channel will debut "Somay Ku," a documentary about Ugandan tennis player Patrick Olobo, at 8:00pm ET. The film was voted Best Documentary at the Malibu Int'l Film Festival.
IN OTHER NEWS….
Online sales for the first 23 days of November declined 4% to $8.19B from $8.51B from the year-ago period, according to comScore Inc. The market-research firm predicts November and December sales will be $29.2B, flat from the same period last year (comScore). The numbers represent a "dreary sign for online retailers, many of which had grown accustomed to double-digit gains" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 11/26).
THE BACK PAGES….
The Morning Buzz offers today’s back page sports covers from some of the nation’s major metropolitan tabloids:
N.Y. Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News
Tuesday's “Final Jeopardy!” category was “In The News 1952.”
“Her final testament, read in public after her death, asked for protection of the poor workers she called grasitas.”
CBS’ David Letterman: “Everybody in
NBC’s Jay Leno: “Yesterday, President-elect Barack Obama announced his new economic team. You know what he should do? Hire those people who were in charge of his fund-raising campaign. We can pay this thing off in like a week. … I was watching one of the network financial people on cable news today and they said with this bailout thing, the government has set a precedent that if you're a large corporation losing money, you know, due to lack of creativity and poor business decisions, well, the government will just send you a check. Good news for NBC. We're getting a check! … A political organization has filmed a new TV ad thanking Sarah Palin for all she did during the Presidential campaign. I believe the political organization is called the Democratic Party. … The big three automakers are now talking about driving back to
LATE NIGHT LAUGHS:
Last night’s “Top Ten” list was “Top Ten Signs President Bush Doesn't Care Anymore” (“Late Show,” CBS, 11/25).
|10) “Hasn't taken off his Iron Man costume since Halloween.”|
|9) “The menu for the White House Thanksgiving dinner: corn dogs and Beefaroni.”|
|8) “Drew a picture of
|7) “He's barely trying to ruin the economy anymore.”|
|6) “Spent the entire weekend in the Oval Office pardoning himself.”|
|5) “Saw Osama at Arby's drive-thru but didn't feel like chasing him.”|
|4) “Spends cabinet meetings scanning classified ads for next job.”|
|3) “Primary focus is surpassing Hank Paulson's high score on ‘Guitar Hero.’”|
|2) “Asking Obama, ‘How soon can you bail me out of the White House?’”|
|1) “Started dating hefty interns.”|
With the seventh season of ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” concluding last night, former contestant and comedian Jeffrey Ross roasted the finalists, Brooke Burke, Lance Bass and Warren Sapp. Ross: “
LAST NIGHT’S TV MONITOR….
|ESPN||“Around The Horn”||Saints’ chances of making the playoffs||Future of Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb; Joey Porter refusing to come out of game|
|ESPN||“PTI”||Playoff chances for Saints and Packers||Will Michael Vick get second chance in NFL?; LeBron James wearing N.Y. sneakers|
|FSN||“FSN Final Score”||Cavaliers-Knicks||Warriors-Wizards;
“Who was Eva Peron?”
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