NBA: In AZ, David Leibowitz called the Suns' pay-per-
view (PPV) package a "rip off." Leibowitz: "The sad thing
is, the fans fall for it -- the team expects a jump in buys
over last year. Sadder still, the Suns keep trying to sell
pay-per-view as a favor." Leibowitz looked at the schedule
of PPV games vs. free TV games since '93. While the 78
regular-season PPV games have featured teams with a total
winning percentage of .568, teams on the 127 games on free
TV had a .447 winning percentage. He also notes that the
three PPV games this week were against the Rockets, T-Wolves
and Bulls (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 11/19).
NHL: The Islanders and Brett Lindros have "reached a
settlement" on Lindros' contract. Lindros retired following
three concussions suffered on the ice and "indications are"
that Lindros will receive the full amount due to him in the
five-year, $7.5M contract, "which could be as high as" $4.5M
-- depending on how much of the deal was paid out in bonuses
up front instead of salary (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 11/20).