|•||Tiger Woods, Golf Digest Part Ways After 13 Years Of Bylines|
|•||MLB Hiring Lou Koskovolis For Sales & Sponsorship Position|
|•||USGA Begins Search For New Exec Dir To Replace David Fay|
|•||Consumer Electronics Association Predicts Continued Recovery|
Tiger Woods and Golf Digest "parted company Thursday, ending a 13-year relationship between the world's most visible golfer and the world's largest golf magazine." Golf Digest "has run monthly articles with Woods's byline since 1997," but Chair & Editor-in-Chief Jerry Tarde said that his column in the February issue "would be his last" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/7). Golf Digest "never disclosed terms of the deal," but it was "believed to be among the smallest" for Woods at "no more than $2 million a year" (AP, 1/6).
By Terry Lefton, Editor-At-Large
MLB is hiring former ESPN/ABC Sports Exec VP/National Sales & Customer Marketing Lou Koskovolis as its new Senior VP/Corporate Sales & Sponsorship. Koskovolis, 47, was Exec VP/Corporate Alliances at Six Flags Entertainment since '06. He replaces John Brody, who left MLB in August after 11 years to be head of global sales at Wasserman Media Group. Koskovolis will report to MLB Exec VP/Business Tim Brosnan.
See today's issue of THE DAILY for more.
The USGA today "will be posting a job description on its website" for the Exec Dir position after David Fay resigned, effective Jan. 1. No search firm "will be engaged." The USGA has formed a search committee of President Jim Hyler; incoming VPs Glen Nager and Tom O'Toole; incoming Women's Committee Chair Martha Lang; and former President Jim Vernon. USGA Dir of Communications Rand Jerris said that the "objective" is to make a hire "in the next 90-120 days"
AT CES, FORECASTS OF CONTINUED RECOVERY FOR ELECTRONICS SECTOR
The Consumer Electronics Association, which produces the Int'l Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place in
Meanwhile, ESPN today at 3:00pm ET will air a special edition of "College Football Live" from the CES, with Rece Davis, Lou Holtz and Mark May broadcasting from the Sony Stage. The trio will preview Monday's Auburn-Oregon Tostitos BCS National Championship Game and discuss the impact of ESPN's foray into 3D programming (ESPN).
FIFA'S SEPP BLATTER OPENLY ENDORSES '22 WORLD CUP MOVING TO WINTER
FIFA President Sepp Blatter today made his "strongest endorsement yet" of moving the '22 World Cup in
MASN REPORTEDLY HIRES SANTANGELO AS NEW NATIONALS GAME ANALYST
Former MLBer F.P. Santangelo reportedly has been “chosen as the Nationals’ new game analyst on MASN.” Sources confirmed that Santangelo, who was a part-time broadcaster for the Giants in '10, was “selected out of a sizable group of ex-players who applied for the job.” Santangelo will serve alongside play-by-play announcer Bob Carpenter, while Ray Knight is “expected to return to his original duties” at MASN as a pre- and postgame analyst (NATSINSIDER.BLOGSPOT.com, 1/6).
Former Nationals analyst Rob Dibble was fired in September for remarks about injured P Stephen Strasburg (THE DAILY).
SPURS PARENT INTERESTED IN BRINGING SOCCER TEAM TO
A rival NASL expansion team is expected to begin play in
|Meyer, Saban To Serve As ESPN |
Guest Analysts For BCS Championship
Sources indicated that Fox News' Bill O'Reilly has landed an exclusive interview with President Obama scheduled to air on Fox' flagship network prior to the Super Bowl XLV telecast on Feb. 6
Goldman Sachs is selling its 44.7% stake in Accordia Golf. The Japan-based golf course operator said that "pricing of the share sale is expected to take place as early as Jan. 17" (WSJ.com, 1/7).
“It was not my intention to be rude, or disrespectful, or not answer questions” – Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson, on the press conference he held earlier in the week (CHARLOTTEOBSERVER.com, 1/7).
“Even the collective-bargaining agreement issue and the lockout – I don’t think it had any affect” – West Virginia AD Oliver Luck, on his son, Stanford QB Andrew Luck, deciding to forego the NFL Draft and return for his junior season. Luck was projected by many observers as the first overall pick (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 1/7).
“I haven’t missed any of the steps. And that’s one reason I feel very prepared for this opportunity” – 49ers GM Trent Baalke, who was recently elevated to the position, on starting out in the NFL as an area scout for the Jets (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 1/6).
"He used to work for us over here. We fired him because he sucked" – TNT's Charles Barkley, on Fox News' Tucker Carlson, who last month said that Eagles QB Michael Vick "should have been executed." Carlson used to work for fellow Turner network CNN (TNT, 1/6).
TWITTER ME THIS….
“Late Show” writer Eric Stangel: “How is it that the
London Times’ Oliver Kay: “Winter World Cup the only option for Qatar 2022. But appalling that Fifa didn't consider/debate issue before last mth's vote.”
Golfweek’s Beth Ann Baldry: “I'm wondering what players really think of playing for free? Especially to start domestic schedule.”
Golfer Paula Creamer: “Wow interesting LPGA schedule.”
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A LIGHTER BUZZ….
Twenty electronic billboards in
ESPN’s Lou Holtz will be a voice talent in an episode of Disney Channel's "Special Agent Oso" at 10:00am ET.
ON THIS DAY….
In '27, the Harlem Globetrotters played their first game in
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 "Worldwide Media."
"The name for this news agency means 'peninsula,' referring to the
CBS' David Letterman: "I'm Dave Letterman, the man with the golden voice. … Before we begin tonight I'll be reading the Constitution. You know what the Republicans are doing now that they're in office? They're going to undo everything that the Obama administration has done. That's the plan. Earlier today, they told Michelle Obama, they told the president's wife, that the vegetable garden, got to go. Take your vegetables and plant them somewhere else! … How about the new Speaker of the House, John Boehner? Oh my God, have you seen this guy's enormous gavel, have you seen that? I'm telling you, if in four hours that gavel is still that size, he's got to call a doctor because it's not right. John Boehner: Doesn't he look like every guy you've ever seen in a hotel bar? … Happy birthday to the oldest living cat in
NBC's Jay Leno: "A 53-year-old homeless man in
LATE NIGHT LAUGHS:
ABC's Jimmy Kimmel: "On Tuesday, there were two winners of the $380 million Mega-Millions lottery drawing. They say it was the biggest single jackpot since Elin Nordegren divorced Tiger Woods. … Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian-Odom have a new reality show, finally. Can we just get this over with and give the Kardashians their own channel already? On the show … cameras will follow Khloe and Lamar through a typical day to find out why exactly they have a television show. Ironically, there are now so many Kardashians shows you actually can't keep up with the Kardashians. This will be the 12th reality series for the extended Kardashian family, not counting coverage of the OJ Simpson trial. Future civilizations will think we worshipped them like the Egyptians worshipped people with cat heads. Let me tell you kids something: I remember a day when there were only two Kardashian reality shows on the air and that's all we needed" ("Jimmy Kimmel Live," ABC, 1/6).
Last night's Top Ten list was "Top Ten Little-Known Facts About John Boehner" ("Late Show," CBS, 1/6).
|10) "His biggest corporate donor: Kleenex."|
|9) "Crayola named orange crayon after him 'Burnt Boehner.'"|
|8) "He, too, prefers to be called 'Madame Speaker.'"|
|7) "Born in Kenya."|
|6) "While working at his father's bar, invented popular cocktail, the Harvey Wallboehner."|
|5) "Uses the same tanning salon as Snooki."|
|4) "In 1978, performed with his dancing iguana on 'The Gong Show.'"|
|3) "Cried at numbers 9, 7, 5, and 4 on this list."|
|2) "Second in line to the presidency; first in line at SuperCuts."|
|1) "Celebrated last night by Boehning his wife."|
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