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This Week's Top Stories

Nov. 17-23, 2003

Nike's Phil Knight named Sports Executive of the Year
Nike founder, Chairman and CEO Phil Knight secured key foundations for his company's future in 2003 and has been named the SportsBusiness Journal and The Sports Business Daily Sports Executive of the Year.

NFL may let clubs market beyond 75-mile limit
The NFL is strongly considering letting its teams dramatically expand the geographic areas they can market to, including potentially pitting clubs against each other for fans.

Rockets launch a new era at Toyota Center
The Houston Rockets' big lower bowl and expanded dining are among the upgrades at the team's new Toyota Center.

Sponsors, nets unfazed by loss of 18-to-34 males
Sports programming has not been immune from the much-publicized drop in ratings among men 18 to 34, but the sense of alarm coming from network entertainment divisions has not quite made its way to the sports world.

‘Playmakers’ might tame plots
The fate of the ESPN drama “Playmakers,” which depicts a fictional pro football team, could involve a second season with fewer controversial plotlines, according to a network official.

Ratner’s $275M bid for Nets just a start
The bidding for the New Jersey Nets has only just begun, with Bruce Ratner’s offer of $275 million setting a bar that will likely be raised over the next few weeks.

Man U talking to Fox about airing U.S. games
'Cold Pizza' holding same time slot rating
NTRA tries to find jockey-ad solutions
NFLPA decertifies Hodari, issues 2 complaints
Turmoil over budget envelops Brewers

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