SBJ: Keeping it rolling SBD: SEC Network Secures Carriage Deal With Comcast SBJ: Race team brings own cook SBG: Sports Direct's Ashley Walks Away SBD: D-League President Leaving To Join Facebook SBD: SBJ/SBD Seek Hockey/Soccer Beat Writer SBD: WEEI-FM Host Rants About Erin Andrews SBJ: For sponsor, ‘This is our biggest ticket’ SBG: Özil Donates WC Money To Brazil Children SBD: Executive Transactions
May 21, 2014 09:15 PM
From left: Experience's Junior Gaspard, Garrett Langley, Tripp Rackley, Ben Ackerman and Stan Deak
Company Chairman Tripp Rackley was quick to credit his team and league partners, and said he is aiming to completely change fan expectations. “The question we ask ourselves all the time is, ‘Will a fan go back to the old way after experiencing what we can offer?’ We obviously hope not. The live event is such a powerful thing and we want every fan to feel like a rock star,” he said.
May 21, 2014 09:04 PM
May 21, 2014 08:35 PM
With more than 800 in attendance tonight for #SBJAwards, this is the largest yet in 7 yrs of existence. 2X the turnout of yr 1 in 2008.— Eric Fisher (@EricFisherSBJ) May 22, 2014
The wine being served at tonight's #SBJAwards dinner - Dreaming Tree - is owned in part by Dave Matthews— Eric Fisher (@EricFisherSBJ) May 21, 2014
Sending best wishes to all nominees at #SBJAwards.— T.K. Gore (@TKGore) May 21, 2014
May 21, 2014 07:11 PM
Tonight at #SBJAwards, Roger Goodell will present Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney with the Lifetime Achievement Award.— SBJ/SBD (@sbjsbd) May 21, 2014
May 21, 2014 05:55 PM
May 21, 2014 03:07 PM
The Nation's Dave Zirin said the lawsuit brought by former NFLers against the league over the use of painkillers is about the "shifting norms of how we understand how the sausage is made in the NFL.” He said, “For decades, we didn't care, culturally we didn’t care, the NFL didn’t care, the players' union didn’t care. But now in the wake of the concussion lawsuit, everything is under the microscope" ("Morning Joe," MSNBC, 5/21). Former 49ers OL Jeremy Newberry said of painkiller use in the NFL, "This is the NFL culture, not just a team-by-team thing" ("Evening News," CBS, 5/20).
THE WRONG PATH? HBO's Jon Frankel said of Brazil’s World Cup preparations, "If Athens is a cautionary tale, it's not being heeded today on the other side of the world” ("Real Sports," HBO, 5/20).
DRAWING CARD: ESPN’s Mike Greenberg, on Minneapolis hosting the Super Bowl: “If there’s one thing we’ve learned from this, it’s that the National Football League follows the ‘Field of Dreams’ philosophy which is, ‘If you build it, they will come.’” ESPN’s Mike Golic added, “I love Minnesota, but it doesn’t mean I love Minnesota in February, or would I chose to go there in February, which is what we will be doing” (“Mike & Mike,” ESPN Radio, 5/21).
MONEY TALKS: PFT's Mike Florio, on NFL playoff expansion being tabled: “I think they’d like to find out from the networks how much money is in play, because if there are any owners on the fence about whether or not to do this, knowing how much money they would make from those two extra playoff games could help a ‘no’ become a ‘yes’” (“PFT,” NBCSN, 5/20).
May 21, 2014 11:28 AM
Want an example of how fresh sells better, Minor League Baseball-style?
Fan voting for MiLB’s Clash of the Caps contest ends tomorrow. Heading into these final two days of voting, the leaderboard in this contest — which asks, Who has the best cap in the minor leagues? — features six teams that have debuted since 2000 and six others that have completely changed their name and/or look in recent years.
The three veterans among the leaders: the Durham Bulls, Carolina Mudcats and Toledo Mud Hens.
The leaderboard, as of this morning:
Rank/Team (debut or name change)
1/El Paso Chihuahuas (2014 debut)
2/Richmond Flying Squirrels (2010 debut)
3/Albuquerque Isotopes (2003 debut)
4/Quad City River Bandits (2008 name change)
6/Lakewood BlueClaws (2001 debut)
7/Omaha Storm Chasers (2011 name change)
9/Montgomery Biscuits (2004 debut)
10/Akron RubberDucks (2014 name change)
11/Greensboro Grasshoppers (2005 name change)
12/Toledo Mud Hens
13/Fort Wayne TinCaps (2009 name change)
14/Orem Owlz (2005 name change)
15/Bradenton Marauders (2010 debut)
May 21, 2014 09:00 AM
■ Vancouver preparing to name Jim Benning as general manager.
■ The firing of GM Ray Shero in Pittsburgh and what owner Mario Lemieux might be thinking.
■ Seattle officials meeting with Commissioner Gary Bettman about possible NHL expansion.
■ And the latest on the sale of the New York Islanders.
May 20, 2014 03:09 PM
ESPN’s Mike Greenberg, on Clippers Owner Donald Sterling: “His name is an absolute punchline now and that, to me, is the single biggest punishment in all of this, beyond anything else you could do to the guy” (“Mike & Mike,” ESPN Radio, 5/20).
CENTER OF ATTENTION: CBS Sports’ Allie Laforce, on centralized replay in the NBA: “In all seriousness, this is where professional sports are going. Let’s speed up the game. Let’s not waste time using an outdated system. We have the technology that will allow us to do this in twenty or thirty seconds” (“Lead Off,” CBSSN, 5/19).
SUCCESS IN THE AIR: ESPN's Bomani Jones said of the NYRA allowing California Chrome to wear his nasal strip for The Belmont, "Did you think for a second that they were going to let a nasal strip interfere with their money?" ("Highly Questionable," ESPN2, 5/19).
HIGHS & LOWS: D-Backs Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa, on his new position: “I always appreciate the chance that the commissioner gave me to stay close to the game, but from day one, I missed the winning and losing, while I didn’t miss the managing” (“High Heat,” MLB Network, 5/19).
GREEN DAY: NFL Network's Heath Evans said of expanding the NFL playoffs, "It’s more money. It's better for the fans, more teams get in. Did I mention there's more money to be made?" ("NFL Total Access," NFL Network, 5/19).
May 19, 2014 09:00 AM