SBJ/June 20 - 26, 2005/Other News

News in brief from SportsBusiness Daily

Madden, shown talking with Peyton Manning, will move to Sunday night.
Boom! Madden joins NBC
John Madden has signed a six-year deal to join NBC Sports as an NFL game analyst for the inaugural 2006 season of NBC’s Sunday night football coverage. The deal is worth $4 million annually, down $1 million from Madden’s current deal with ABC, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The Sprint Cup Series?
The NASCAR Nextel Cup Series will become the Sprint Cup Series in 2006, following the completion of the merger between Sprint and Nextel, Knight Ridder reported. The combined company will likely keep Nextel’s predominantly black-and-yellow color scheme in its marketing, including in the Cup Series.

Offer made for Penguins
William Del Biaggio III heads a group of West Coast investors that has negotiated a letter of intent to acquire a controlling interest in the Pittsburgh Penguins. Penguins owner Mario Lemieux will hold onto a reduced share of the franchise, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

Bivens
LPGA has new commissioner
The LPGA named Carolyn Vesper Bivens commissioner-elect, replacing outgoing Commissioner Ty Votaw. Bivens is president and chief operating officer of Initiative Media North America and previously spent 18 years with USA Today. She will assume the position next month.

AEG makes office moves
Anschutz Entertainment Group promoted Nick Sakiewicz, president and general manager of Major League Soccer’s MetroStars, to AEG Soccer New York/New Jersey president. MLS Earthquakes President and GM Alexi Lalas will take over the same roles with the MetroStars.

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