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"I went to college with him. I don't remember him as being that curious and up to date on all the facts. But at this one, he really did know the facts." — NBC's Dick Ebersol, on his meeting with

Tennis Series Nets Live Deal

The USTA and The Tennis Channel have signed a four-year partnership for live weekday and weekend cable TV coverage of the U.S. Open Series through '07. The agreement includes 69 hours of live coverage

Tags: CBS, ESPN, Leagues and Governing Bodies, NBC, Tennis Channel, USTA, Viacom, Walt Disney

Names In The News

STOCKS: VAIL RESORTS stock reached $19.40 Friday, its highest level since May '02, before closing at a 52-week high of $19.30. Reports stated that the company "was preparing for sale." In heavy tradin

Tags: Baseball, Basketball, Boston Celtics, Cablevision, Dallas Stars, Football, Formula One, Hockey, MLB, Motorsports, NBC, Soccer, People and Pop Culture, Texas Rangers

Facility Notes

RACING: NASCAR Chair & CEO Brian France yesterday discussed attempts to build a racetrack in the N.Y. area. France: "What I know is they're a lot closer than they were just six months ago. And I think

Tags: Baseball, Facilities, Motorsports, NASCAR, Oakland Athletics, Soccer

K.C. Starts Arena Campaign

K.C. Mayor Kay Barnes launched the campaign for a downtown arena ahead of the August 3 funding referendum, according to Horsley & Collison of the K.C. STAR. The vote will decide "whether the city shou

Tags: Basketball, Colleges, Facilities

Do Ousters Hurt USADA Case?

The U.S. Olympic track & field trials began this weekend in Sacramento, and Tim Montgomery and Chryste Gaines — two of the four athletes in the trials cited for drug offenses by USADA — have

Tags: ESPN, NBC, Nike, Olympics, USA Track and Field, USOC, Visa, Walt Disney

Spawn's $15M Twist Of Fate

Former NHLer Tony Twist has been awarded $15M by a St. Louis Circuit Court jury that concluded Todd McFarlane "had profited by using Twist's name without his permission" for a character in McFarlane's

Tags: Hockey

NBC Olympic Ads Almost Gone

A month before the Athens Games begin, NBC "still has nearly 10% of its advertising inventory left," according to Meg James of the L.A. TIMES. One ad exec said that advertisers are "not staying away b

Tags: NBC, Olympics, Media

Action Extends Hendrick Deal

Phoenix-based Action Performance has inked a five-year die cast licensing agreement with Hendrick Motorsports, beginning in '06. The partnership lengthens Action Performance's deal with drivers Jeff G

Tags: Anheuser Busch, Motorsports, NASCAR, Wal Mart

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