|•||Finances At Top Of Agenda For USOC BOD Meeting In Calif.|
|•||Metrodome Roof Suffers More Damage From Heavy Ice, Snow|
|•||Chip Ganassi To Announce Two More Rides For IndyCar Team|
|•||Startup ScoreBig Inc. Wants To Find Buyers For Unsold Tickets|
The USOC BOD will meet today in
The BOD also will confirm five new board members; get briefed on IOC relations; hear from task forces on NGB marketing and sex-abuse prevention; hear a study on the impact of OTC expenditures; get updated on NGB organizational development and an NGB diversity initiative; review a USADA agreement; and discuss the format of the Olympic Assembly (Colorado Springs GAZETTE, 12/16).
The Metrodome “suffered another blow” last night when a fourth roof panel ripped, “likely due to the heavy ice and snow that still blankets much of the deflated dome.” All repair work was “suspended until officials could evaluate the new damage” this morning (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 12/16).
The Vikings are looking to play Monday’s home finale against the Bears at the
Meanwhile, the Univ. of Minnesota today began accepting volunteers, starting at 8:00am CT, to help in “clearing the many tons of snow from the field and in the stands in time” for Monday’s game (STARTRIBUNE.com, 12/15).
Izod IndyCar Series team owner Chip Ganassi today will announce that he is "doubling his efforts in the series in 2011, adding two additional cars to his trophy stable." Drivers Graham Rahal and Charlie Kimball will work out of a "satellite" team shop "rented from drag racing legend Don Prudhomme." Today's announcement at Indianapolis Motor Speedway also will "confirm full-time sponsorship for both Rahal and Kimball" (FANHOUSE.com, 12/15).
STARTUP COMPANY SCOREBIG DESIGNED TO BE PRICELINE OF TICKET SALES
Ticket sales startup ScoreBig Inc. today plans to unveil a system designed to "help find buyers for some of the millions of concert and sports tickets that go unsold every year." ScoreBig has raised $8.5M from investors such as Bain Capital and media exec Shari Redstone, and it has been "quietly testing a system that aspires to do for concert and sports tickets what Priceline.com does for airline seats and hotel rooms." Some ticket brokers have signed on with the startup
(WALL STREET JOURNAL, 12/16).
UAE SOCCER OFFICIAL:
CHARTER WILL EXPAND AVAILABILITY OF CST'S HORNETS TELECASTS
|Cox Sports And Charter Reach |
Carriage Deal For Hornets Telecasts
Cox Sports Television and Charter Communications this week are expected to announce a deal has been reached to provide CST's Hornets telecasts on north shore cable systems. The deal "opens up one of the largest population areas to receive Hornets' telecasts at a time when the team is seeking to boost attendance" (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 12/15).
A crowd of 13,325 attended last night's Kings-Hornets game at New Orleans Arena. The Business Council of New Orleans and the River Region spent $30,000 of their $50,000 pledge to buy tickets. The team needs to average 14,970 fans over the next 11 home games to hit their attendance benchmark (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 12/15).
DOLPHINS EXPECT SELLOUT ON SUNDAY WITH HELP FROM CBS AFFILIATE
The Dolphins have tickets remaining for Sunday's game against the Bills, but the team thinks that the game "will be sold out in time to lift the local TV blackout," stretching team's home sellout streak to 100 regular-season games. The Dolphins "will almost certainly get a guarantee" from WFOR-CBS to buy "whatever number of unsold seats remain so that the game can be shown locally"
Meanwhile, the Bengals today are expected to announce that Sunday's home game against the Browns will be blacked out, "marking the third straight after the team had a record 57-game sellout streak" (CINCINNATI.com, 12/15).
The Green Bay/Brown County Professional Football Stadium District has approved a plan to give the Packers $11M toward "installation of new video screens and a new sound system at Lambeau Field." The team estimates the project will cost $13-14M (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 12/16).
Everlast Worldwide today announced a multiyear, direct-to-retail licensing deal with Sears Holdings. The deal gives Sears and Kmart the rights to the Everlast brand for apparel, footwear and accessories. The retailers plan to launch the brand in ’11 (Everlast Worldwide).
Holiday Inn is launching a "special price promotion" tied to the '12 London Games. The chain on Monday, Dec. 20, will offer rooms at Holiday Inn locations in the
“I did pretty good. That’s not my MO, that’s not what I do, but I can do it if I want to” – Eagles QB Michael Vick, on appearing in a commercial for a Philadelphia-area Nissan dealership (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 12/16).
“We're not holding our breath for the next interview with Jimmy” – ESPN’s Chris Sheridan, noting Knicks James Dolan has not given an interview in more than three years (“Outside The Lines,” ESPN, 12/15).
“They chose me so that means I have a really good face” – Capitals LW Alex Ovechkin, on his new sponsorship with Gillette (“24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic,” HBO, 12/15).
“I’m just watching as many teams as I can play” – TNT’s Charles Barkley, on watching NBA and college basketball games to study up for his network gig (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 12/16).
“I will have to talk to the Secret Service beforehand so they know that it’s simply a tradition, but that’s not a bad idea” – White House Press Secretary and Auburn fan Robert Gibbs, on whether he would TP the White House if Auburn wins the BCS Championship game. Auburn fans drape toilet paper over trees at Toomer’s Corner after big wins (USA TODAY, 12/16).
TWITTER ME THIS….
Actor Colin Hanks: “This 24/7 Pens/Caps show is insane! its what i love about hockey. been wanting an inside look at the game like this for years. Amazing.”
Vikings WR Greg Lewis: “Who wants to head over to the stadium and help me shovel?? Whatever it takes to get this game played here in
Bears S Chris Harris: “I'm curious as to how Lester Bagley (Vikings VP of public affairs) can guarantee a win n you're not stepping a foot on the field. Not smart.”
ESPN’s Jason Sobel: “In first-ever tweet, 15-year-old pro Alexis Thompson quoted slogan of main sponsor. Very mature. Already endorsing on a 12th-grade level.”
Daily Variety’s Jon Weisman: “Mazeroski homers! Pirates win, 10-9! In a rebroadcast that was so improbable, the inevitable has happened!”
If you see a tweet we won’t want to miss, send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IN OTHER NEWS….
Twitter last night “completed its latest round of funding,” $200M at a $3.7B valuation, with venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as the lead investor (ALLTHINGSD.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 "British Royalty."
"From the Latin for 'greatest,' this form of address was introduced by the narcissistic King Richard II."
Surfer Laird Hamilton appeared on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" last night, with host Stephen Colbert introducing him by saying, "My guest tonight is a surfing legend who has ridden waves over 100 feet tall. To put that in perspective, that's high enough for this guy to be insane." Colbert told
CBS' David Letterman: "I love the holidays. … You know the Jets coach that tripped the player? I saw him trip a sidewalk Santa. … The
NBC's Jay Leno: "It is freezing across most of the
LATE NIGHT LAUGHS:
Last night's Top Ten List was "Top Ten Questions Time Magazine Asks Before Selecting Someone As 'Person Of The Year'" ("Late Show," CBS, 12/15).
|10) "How's it hangin'?"|
|9) "Do you currently subscribe to Time magazine?"|
|8) "Your name isn't Gosselin or Hasselhoff or Palin, is it?"|
|7) "Ever run to the restroom in the middle of a talk show taping?"|
|6) "Have you sent someone a photo of your deal?"|
|5) "Will this choice resonate with our 12 readers?"|
|4) "At any point during the past year, did you ever wear a meat dress?"|
|3) "Are you that annoying person who instead of laughing says, 'L-O-L!?'"|
|2) "Have you ever tripped a football player running down the sideline?"|
|1) "Should we just give it to Letterman and piss everybody off?"|
"What is 'majesty?'"
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