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Closing Bell, Febuary 9, 2004

The Daily Insider
Afternoon News & Headlines
Monday, Febuary 9, 2004
4:00pm ET

ECCO Today Announces Multiyear Endorsement Deal With Aaron Baddeley

Judge Today Removes ACC As Defendant In Lawsuit Filed By Big East Schools

NBA Has Bevy Of Television Appearances Scheduled For All-Star Week

IMAX Today Announces Deal With Daytona USA To Open IMAX Theatre

TNT’s “Inside The NBA” To Broadcast Live From Universal Studios Tonight

Buzzer Beaters/Tonight’s Events/Channel Surfing/In Other News/The Daily Stat

PGA TOUR PLAYER AARON BADDELEY TO ENDORSE ECCO GOLF SHOES

Danishfootwear maker ECCO today announced that it has signed PGA Tour player AaronBaddeley to a multiyear endorsement agreement.  Under the deal, Baddeley will exclusively wear ECCO golf shoes incompetition and display the ECCO logo on his shirt collar.  Baddeley will also appear at ECCO customerfunctions and will be featured in marketing initiatives.  Baddelely joins Thomas Bjorn as an ECCOendorser (ECCO).


ACC TODAY REMOVED AS DEFENDANT IN BIG EAST FOOTBALL LAWSUIT

TheAP reports that Superior Court Judge Samuel Sferrazza today again removedthe ACC “as a defendant in a lawsuit filed by four Big East football schoolsover the departure of Miami and Boston College for the ACC.”  Sferrazza, who ruled that the ACC did nothave sufficient ties to Connecticut to be sued in the state, “originallydismissed the case against the ACC in October, prompting Connecticut AttorneyGeneral Richard Blumenthal to refile the lawsuit adding as defendantsindividual directors of the ACC.”  Thenew lawsuit also added Boston College and AD Gene DeFilippo (AP,2/9).


NBA SCHEDULES SERIES OF TV APPEARANCES WITH STERN, PLAYERS

Withthe NBA descending upon L.A. this week for All-Star Weekend at Staples Center,Commissioner David Stern and various NBA players will make multiple TVappearances to promote the All-Star Game and related activities.  The following highlights some of theappearances (THE DAILY):

Date

Show

Net

Person

2/10

“The Late, Late Show”

CBS

David Stern

2/11

“The Big Idea”

CNBC

David Stern

2/11

“BDSSP”

FSN

Raptors G Jalen Rose

2/12

“Late Show”

CBS

Pacers C Jermaine O’Neal

2/12

“The Late, Late Show”

CBS

T’Wolves G Sam Cassell, G Latrell Sprewell and F Kevin Garnett

2/12

“BDSSP”

FSN

Mavericks F Antoine Walker and Hornets G Baron Davis

2/12

“The Tonight Show”

NBC

Charles Barkley

2/13

“BDSSP”

FSN

Pacers F Ron Artest and Celtics G Paul Pierce


USA NETWORK TO AIR WESTMINSTER DOG SHOW TONIGHT AT 8:00pm ET

USANetwork tonight begins coverage of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at8:00pm ET, and the BOSTON GLOBE noted that in the 20 years USA has televisedthe event, “ratings have grown slowly but steadily (except when it goes upagainst the Winter Olympics).”  Lastyear’s event drew a 3.7 Nielsen cable rating and notched a 200% increase in the25-54 demographic (BOSTONGLOBE, 2/8).


BUZZER BEATERS

Asexpected, Kroenke Sports Enterprises today announced the creation of a regionalTV network that will feature sports and entertainment.  Kroenke Sports is the parent company of theNuggets, Avalanche, NLL Mammoth, MLS Rapids, Pepsi Center and part owner of theAFL Crush (Kroenke Sports Enterprises).

TheNHL today announced that Saturday night’s Young Stars Game on ESPN drew a 0.78Nielsen metered market rating, up 24% from last year’s 0.63.  Saturday night’s Skills Competition on ESPNdelivered a 1.16 rating, up 4% from last year’s 1.12 (NHL).

IMAXtoday announced that it has signed an agreement with NASCAR attraction DaytonaUSA to open an IMAX theater alongside Daytona Int’l Speedway.  The theater is set to open in April (IMAX).

TVGuide this week offers its ’04 NASCAR preview. Special-edition collector’s covers featuring Jeff Gordon, DaleEarnhardt Jr. and Kevin Harvick hit newsstands today (TV Guide).

TheDENVER POST reports that FCC Chair Michael Powell “shrugged off criticswho accused him of overstepping his bounds by ordering an investigation” of theSuper Bowl halftime show, while speaking at the Univ. of Colorado’s SiliconFlatirons Telecommunications Program on Internet policy.  Powell: “I have had much more applause thannegative comments” (DENVER POST, 2/9).

TheMontreal GAZETTE today re-institutes a middle edition, meaning that it will be able to “delivera Sports section that contains the scores for most major sports events in NorthAmerica” (MontrealGAZETTE, 2/9).

TheCP reports that “HNIC” commentator Don Cherry has been invited to jointhe broadcast team of “Battle of the Hockey Gladiators,” which is organized byPROactive Sports Management.  A date andvenue have yet to be announced (CP,2/9).

CDItoday announced that it has chosen AudienceView Software’s in-house ticketingsystem for all six of its racetracks. The Web-based software will be integrated with existing systems (CDI).

Irvine,CA-based Epicor Software today announced that the Redskins have selected theirend-to-end hospitality solution to manage customer and supplier relationships (Epicor).


TONIGHT’S EVENTS

The Grand Rapids Griffins will host the AHL All-StarClassic at 7:00pm ET at Van Andel Arena.

MagicSenior VP Pat Williams will emcee the Philadelphia Sports HOFFoundation’s  inaugural dinner at 5:30pmET at the Society Hill Sheraton (PHILADELPHIADAILY NEWS, 1/23).

DarrellWaltrip’sautobiography, “D.W., A Lifetime of Driving In Circles,” can be found onbookstore shelves beginning today(NashvilleTENNESSEAN, 2/5).


CHANNEL SURFING

TNTwill air Celtics-Cavaliers at 7:00pmET and Spurs-Rockets at 9:30pm.

ESPNwill air NCAA men’s basketball: NotreDame-Connecticut at 7:00pm ET and OklahomaState-Kansas at 9:00pm.

ESPN2will air “NFL Films Presents: Super BowlXXXVIII Recap” at 7:00pm ET.

TheGolf Channel debuts “Golf Central” in its new time slot at 7:00pm ET.

TNT’s“Inside the NBA” will broadcast live from Universal Studios CityWalk inL.A. at 7:00pm ET.

ESPN2will air coverage of the PBA’s U.S. Openat 8:00pm ET.

ESPNClassic’s “SportsCentury” will profile JeffGordon at 8:00pm ET.

CSTVwill air “The Sport Politic” at8:00pm ET with host Jack Ford. SI columnist Steve Rushin and former Princeton basketball player NateWalton are guests.

DiscoveryChannel’s “Monster House” turns a house into a race car-themed house at 8:00pm ET.

PanthersQB Rodney Peete, Cubs 2B Todd Walker, Red Sox 1B Kevin Millar, Sugar Ray Leonard, and actors AnthonyAnderson and Rob Schneider anddirector John Landis are scheduledto appear on FSN’s “BDSSP.”

BullsF Kendall Gill will appear on MTV’s “Cribs” at 10:30pm ET.

Jennie Finch will appear on ABC’s “JimmyKimmel Live.”

TheSI Swimsuit Issue cover model willbe revealed on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” at 11:35pm ET.

SnowboarderTara Dakides will return to CBS’“Late Show” at 11:35pm ET.

ESPN’s“OTL Nightly” will examine how the NFL draft-entry decision will affectcolleges, players and the NFL at midnight ET on ESPN2.

RamsS Jason Sehorn will appear on NBC’s“Last Call” at 1:35am ET.

A&E’s“Biography” will profile DorothyStratten at 8:00pm ET.

E!’s“True Hollywood Story” will profile MariahCarey at 8:00pm ET.


HEADLINERS

 Here are tonight’s headline guests on thefollowing talk shows:

“Late Show” Dr. Phil McGraw
“The Tonight Show” Pamela Anderson
“The Late Late Show” Elvis Costello
“Late Night” Russell Crowe (r)
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” Jim Florentine

TODAY’S ARTICLES OF INTEREST

TheBOSTON GLOBE’s Bob Ryan writes in an open letter to NFL Commissioner PaulTagliabue, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, NBA Commissioner DavidStern and MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, “I have received more than 300responses to a recent column decrying the hijackingof pure Sport by a predatory entity known as Entertainment.  You might take a moment to read whatconcerned customers, many of them now ex-customers, have to say. … Please notethe amazingly even age distribution. This is not an ‘old fogey’ issue.  Are you league bosses sure you really knowwhat constituency you are serving?” (BOSTON GLOBE).

TheS.F. CHRONICLE’s Scott Ostler writes of Pebble Beach corporate skyboxes, “Theycost between $67,000 and $170,000 for the week, not including food.  They’re double-decked units.  Downstairs is the buffet and bar, and rowsof theater seats behind tinted glass. Also: several TV monitors and a tournament-update computer.  Upstairs is a covered deck with cabarettables.  Very Renoir” (S.F. CHRONICLE).

TheSALT LAKE TRIBUNE’s Mike Gorrell writes, “Anoverriding ambition of the Olympic effort was to put Utah on the map, and touse that exposure to infuse life into the state’s economy.  The first half of that equation clearly wasrealized, especially in the view of ski industry and convention officials, twointended beneficiaries of playing host to the Games.  But two years after the 2002 Opening Ceremony, the Olympics havenot revitalized downtown Salt Lake City or convinced tourists an immediate tripto Utah is a must” (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE).

SeeThe Daily Insider’s Articles ofInterest section for more sports business-related links.


TODAY’S TEASER…

Sports: Prior to last night’s 55-52NFC victory, what was the record for most combined points scored in the ProBowl?


IN OTHER NEWS…

REUTERSreports that Tower Records today filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, asit is “burdened by too much debt and hammered by competition from largeretailers, and Internet music downloading and piracy.”  The bankruptcy filings for Tower and itsprivately held parent, MTS, “cap a long period of distress for the money-losingchain of 93 stores, which sources say was unable to find a suitable buyer” (REUTERS,2/9).


THE DAILY STAT: N.Y. TIMES BESTSELLING NONFICTION

Thefollowing presents best selling nonfiction books for the week ending February 8(NYTIMES.com, 2/9):

THIS WEEK
HARDCOVER NONFICTION
1)
THE PRICE OF LOYALTY, Ron Suskind (Simon & Schuster)
2)
AMERICAN DYNASTY, Kevin Phillips (Viking)
3)
GIVE ME A BREAK, John Stossel (HarperCollins)
4)
WHO'S LOOKING OUT FOR YOU?, Bill O'Reilly (Broadway)
5)
DUDE, WHERE'S MY COUNTRY?, Michael Moore (Warner)
6)
MY PRISON WITHOUT BARS, Pete Rose with Rick Hill (Rodale)
7)
LIES (AND THE LYING LIARS WHO TELL THEM), Al Franken (Dutton)
8)
THE PRIVILEGE OF YOUTH, Dave Pelzer (Dutton)
9)
FLYBOYS, James Bradley (Little, Brown)
10)
TOUR OF DUTY, Douglas Brinkley (Morrow)

…TODAY’S ANSWER

The NFC defeated the AFC 51-31 in ‘00 for athen-record 82 combined points.


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