|•||Glendale City Council Approves Coyotes Arena Lease Deal|
|•||NFL Owners Convening To Discuss Status Of Labor Talks|
|•||Sources: Tulsa's Cunningham To Accept Kansas AD Position|
|•||Progressive Agrees To Be New Title Sponsor Of Gator Bowl|
The Glendale City Council last night voted 5-2 to approve a $197M deal to keep the Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena. The deal requires the city to wire $100M to prospective Coyotes Owner Matthew Hulsizer "quickly" to "help him purchase the team from the NHL" for $170M. Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs said that the NHL "had told
By Daniel Kaplan, Staff Writer, SportsBusiness Journal
NFL owners meet in
Sources indicated that Tulsa AD Bubba Cunningham has been offered the job of
A source said, "The last I had heard was that there would not be an announcement until after Christmas. I don't know whether that will change."
PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE AGREES TO BE GATOR BOWL'S NEW TITLE SPONSOR
Progressive announced a deal to be the new title sponsor of the Gator Bowl, effective with this season's game. The '11 Progressive Gator Bowl on Jan. 1 will feature Mississippi State-Michigan and will air live on ESPN2 at 1:30pm ET (Progressive Car Insurance). The deal is for one year with an option for three more that would “carry the relationship for the full term of the current TV and conference affiliation deal” (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 12/15).
Konica Minolta was the title sponsor of the Gator Bowl from '07-10 (THE DAILY).
THOUGHT EQUITY MOTION HELPS OPEN ACC VAULT ARCHIVAL WEBSITE
The ACC Vault archival website launched today, a result of Thought Equity Motion's (TEM) deal with Raycom Sports. The site features 100 classic men's basketball games dating to '83, with marquee games to be added from this season "based, in part, on fan voting." TEM manually logs stats and plays and embeds them into video "metadata," creating "online content that can later be searched." TEM "previously worked on the NCAA Vault, which went live in March" (DENVER POST, 12/15).
The auction of
NASCAR MEDIA GROUP INKS VIDEO CONTENT DEAL WITH INDOOR DIRECT
By Tripp Mickle, Staff Writer, SportsBusiness Journal
NASCAR Media Group has cut a content partnership that will see it provide race highlights to Indoor Direct Inc., a company that provides video content at more than 1,000 QSRs. The highlights are expected to reach more than 10 million viewers per month. Indoor Direct also has relationships with NFL Network, MLB Network, the PGA Tour, Tennis Channel and CBS College Sports.
IMG Sports Media has agreed to represent the World Snowboarding Championships. Per the deal, IMG will handle "all international media and sponsor agreements" for the '12 competition in Oslo (IMG).
After receiving an extension from the NFL, the Chargers have sold enough tickets to lift the local TV blackout of their home game tomorrow night against the 49ers. The game will air nationally on NFL Network (Chargers).
(DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 12/15).
A hearing today will determine when the "first large chunk" of the MLB Rangers purchase price "will be paid to first-lien lenders." Meanwhile,
MLB Network is running a full-page ad in today’s N.Y. Post promoting the 8:00pm ET telecast of “MLB Network Special Presentation: 1960 World Series Game 7.” The net has also been running similar ads in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (THE DAILY). See today's Closing Bell for more on tonight's telecast.
“To see the Phillies get Lee, and get him for less than what the Yankees offered, it’s like, touché. Take that,
“I think it is absurd. It is the most childish organization and the most childish response I could imagine” – John Amaechi, the first gay NBA player to come out, on FIFA President Sepp Blatter saying gay people should refrain from sex in Qatar during the '22 World Cup
(London TELEGRAPH, 12/15).
“We will fight in Las Vegas on May 7 because we have had communications with the cable networks, and they’ve assured us a better time slot” – Michael Koncz, advisor to boxer Manny Pacquiao, on plans for his next fight to be an HBO PPV bout from Las Vegas (FANHOUSE.com, 12/14).
"I think having it in the South will be much better. When we played in Atlanta last year, it was such a big success because I just think tennis does a little better in the South" – Tennis player John Isner, on the ATP World Tour moving an event from Connecticut to North Carolina
(WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL, 12/15).
TWITTER ME THIS….
ESPN Radio 1500 Twin Cities’ Tom Pelissero: "Vikings statement indicates they've yet to finalize how they're going to handle tickets. Metrodome seats ~65,000. The Bank seats ~50,000."
Golf.com’s David Dusek: "As of Wednesday, golf pro shops have 16 days to stock up on big-grooved wedges B4 brands stop shipping them. I've bought 6 wedges this fall."
ESPN’s Scott Burnside: "Goldwater Institute staff must be wearing Winnipeg Jets jerseys at the office today. Wonder if letter to council came on Jets letterhead."
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Chargers Special Counsel Mark Fabiani will hold an online chat at 11:30am PT on the San Diego Stadium Coalition’s website.
IN OTHER NEWS….
Time magazine has named Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg as its Person of the Year. Zuckerberg beat out other notable names, including WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange, the Tea Party, the Chilean miners, Apple CEO Steve Jobs and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai (PEOPLE.com, 12/15).
THE BACK PAGES….
The Morning Buzz offers today’s back page sports covers from some of the nation’s major metropolitan tabloids:
N.Y. Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News
Last night's "Final Jeopardy!" category was "Olympics History."
"In 1988 this country boycotted the Summer Olympics after its demand to co-host the Games was refused."
Sirius XM's Chris "Mad Dog" Russo appeared on CBS' "Late Show" last night, with host David Letterman introducing him as "sports genius." Letterman: "Cliff Lee, the Yankees say $154 million. He says, 'No dice, I'm going to the Phillies.' What happened there?" Russo: "Very surprised by that. The Yankees usually get their man. They spend the most money." Letterman: "Let's talk a little bit about, if you don't mind, Brett Favre." Russo: "I put on ESPN right after the Ravens game and they're spending ten minutes on Brett Favre's press conference, in a game he didn't play because of some stupid streak. Nobody in
CBS' David Letterman: "Listen to how cold it is today in
NBC's Jay Leno: "It's been brutally cold all across the country. It was so cold people in
LATE NIGHT LAUGHS:
Last night's Top Ten List was "Top Ten Jets Coaches Excuses." Letterman: "The Jets, everybody thought, 'Oh the Jets may be something.' They got that fat coach and they thought, 'Oh yeah, we might be going someplace.' … They're playing the Miami Dolphins in the Meadowlands and there's a play, a guy for the Miami Dolphins is covering a punt return and a coach for the Jets runs on the field with a hammer and cold cocks the guy" ("Late Show," CBS, 12/14).
|10) "What? I was doing Tai Chi."|
|9) "I know it doesn't look like it from the videotape, but he started it."|
|8) "Distraught after realizing it's Larry King's final week on CNN."|
|7) "The WikiLeaks guy made me do it."|
|6) "Come on, who doesn't love grabass?"|
|5) "I was jacked up on Four Loko, dude."|
|4) "Wanted to get on Marv Albert's blooper reel."|
|3) "Uh…restless leg syndrome?"|
|2) "Someone bet me 5 bucks to do it – now who's the idiot?"|
|1) "Hey, we won didn't we?! We didn’t? Well, never mind."|
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