Published April 24, 2009
|•||Polamalu, Fitzgerald Will Both Appear On "Madden" Cover|
|•||AFL Targets March 2010 Return Under New Business Model|
|•||Cowboys Stadium Will Not Have Naming Rights For Opening|
|Polamalu, Fitzgerald To Be
On Cover Of "Madden"
By Eric Fisher, Staff Writer, SportsBusiness Journal
EA Sports has chosen both Steelers S Troy Polamalu and Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald as the cover athletes for “Madden NFL 10,” the first time the 21-year-old videogame franchise has featured two cover athletes. EA is making the formal announcement this morning in N.Y. Fitzgerald is just the second athlete after Shaun Alexander to be featured on the covers of both EA’s NFL and college football titles, as he was the featured athlete for "NCAA Football 05."
The latest iteration of the Madden title, to be released August 14, will feature a new, more photorealistic animation system for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, while at the same time a lighter, slightly more caricatured style for the Wii version. All versions underwent a second major rewrite of the game code in as many years.
The AFL announced that it has "finalized a 'revitalized business model' that enables the league to return to action" in March of next year. The AFL is expected to meet with owners of all 16 franchises "to determine which teams intend to be part of a relaunch." AFL Exec Committee Chair Jim Renacci said the group that developed the viability plan will meet with owners to "review it and the amendments to the CBA." Renacci: "We hope to see everything ratified in the next 30 days" (MLIVE.com, 4/23).
Cowboys officials yesterday conceded that the team will not have a naming-rights sponsor for the new stadium "in time for the June 6 grand opening concert." Cowboys Exec VP & COO Stephen Jones: "There will be a (sponsored) name on it at some point. … But not initially." The Cowboys have decided on a name for the stadium, but "that's being kept secret for now." Execs have said that a non-sponsored name might be "similar to the current working name of Dallas Cowboys New Stadium" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 4/24).
The Miami City Commission has "unanimously accepted the site plans" for a new $634M ballpark and parking complex for the Marlins in the Little Havana neighborhood. The vote came following a "virtual repeat of the presentation the team's architects gave to the city's planning board a few weeks ago." The approval came with one condition: that the four-acre plaza in front of the ballpark "be open as public space during the entire year, including the offseason" (MIAMI HERALD, 4/24).
MLS FIRE BEGIN SELLING TICKETS FOR FIELDSIDE SEATS AT
The MLS Fire today begin selling tickets for seats placed "directly on the field" at
PAULSON AGREES TO
Portland Mayor Sam Adams and Triple-A PCL Portland Beavers Owner Merritt Paulson have agreed to "indefinitely delay a City Council vote on where to put a new minor league baseball park so they can explore the once-discarded option" of Lents Park. The city had been looking at a site near Memorial Coliseum, “but the measurements didn’t add up,” and the idea of razing the Coliseum “created an uproar in the city’s architecture community” (Portland OREGONIAN, 4/24).
HEIGHTENED SECURITY FOR TONY ALLEN IN
Sources indicated that Celtics G Tony Allen was "under intensive watch by an increased force of NBA security officers" at
Sources said that Allen "had been receiving the threats in
There will not be a recommendation from the judge hearing NFL Network's carriage complaint against Comcast "until at least mid-June," according to a schedule released Thursday from Judge Richard Sippel. The last comments are due June 11 (CABLEFAX DAILY, 4/24).
Construction of the USOC's new HQs in downtown Colorado Springs "will be finished in late September, not July 30 as contemplated a year ago" by the USOC, the city and developer LandCo Equity Partners (Colorado Springs GAZETTE, 4/24).
Soccer United Marketing announced that the
|Thunder Launch New Team Web Site|
Two teenagers were arrested yesterday for "throwing lit road flares on to the field and into the stands" at BMO Field during Wednesday's Chivas
The Thunder have officially launched their new team Web site at thunder.nba.com (Thunder).
Due to an editorial error, a headline in yesterday’s Closing Bell regarding the Lions’ negotiations around the first pick in the NFL Draft was incorrectly sourced. THE DAILY regrets the mistake.
“It’s mind-boggling that we didn’t play an afternoon game. I’m certainly aware of the financial side of the business, but it doesn’t make sense to me to have any [MLB] team get in at 6 or 7am and play a game that night” – Tigers manager Jim Leyland, on his team playing last night in Anaheim before a game tonight in K.C. (DETROIT NEWS, 4/24).
"It's incomprehensible that you watch a game, and there will be front row seats empty" – MLS Commissioner Don Garber, on unsold seats at Citi Field and new Yankee Stadium (AP, 4/23).
"I like our chances. However, it's fragile, too. All you have to do is look around the league. The bloom is off the rose in some places" – Red Sox Exec VP and Chief Sales & Marketing Officer Sam Kennedy, on the team's home sellout streak continuing despite the economic downturn (PROVIDENCE JOURNAL, 4/24).
“Why do we have to put players in servitude?” – Former Nike, adidas and Reebok exec Sonny Vaccaro, following Jeremy Tyler announcing that he will forego his final year in high school to play professionally overseas, on the NBA age-limit forcing players to play at least one year in college (USA TODAY, 4/24).
“When are kids going to realize that being a kid is an important part of life?” – ESPN’s Dick Vitale, on
“I just looked around at the beginning of the year when everybody was talking about the economy affecting people, especially the race fans. I said, ‘Well, my life hadn’t changed that much at all’” – NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin, on developing a promotion that gives away four tickets to every race this year (ESPN.com, 4/22).
A LIGHTER BUZZ….
The Hawks' live mascot Spirit the Hawk "will no longer be allowed to fly during the player introductions before each game," per a statement released by the team last night. The move follows an incident in Wednesday's home playoff game against the Heat in which Spirit got loose and disrupted play (
ESPN's Jim Rome: “I know it’s the playoffs and you want to hype that joint up, but I don't think Chicago is going to let a bull run loose and turn the United Center into Pamplona just to bury the needle on the fan o’meter” (“Jim Rome Is Burning,” ESPN, 4/23).
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
Last night’s “Final Jeopardy!” category was “20th Century Science.”
“The 1970s saw the coining of the term ‘runner’s high’ and the discovery of these opiate proteins that produce it.”
CBS’ David Letterman: “Are you interested in news from
Last night’s edition of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” was originally scheduled to be a new show, but NBC’s Jay Leno unexpectedly “checked himself into a hospital with a mystery illness.” Tonight’s episode also was cancelled. NBC spokesperson Tracy St. Pierre said Leno "wasn't feeling well." But she was "quick to shoot down Internet chatter that he had had a heart attack" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 4/24).
LATE NIGHT LAUGHS:
Last night’s edition of CBS’ “Late Show” featured Letterman discussing Wednesday night's Game Four of the Capitals-Rangers playoff series at MSG. Letterman: “Me and the boys went to see the Rangers play last night. What a tremendous game this was! You wouldn't believe the intensity. You go into
“What are endorphins?”
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