November 26, 2014 |
Dish Network, the nation's third-largest pay-TV company, may drop NBCUniversal's regional sports networks in the Chicago, Washington, Sacramento, and San Francisco areas on Dec. 1. The plan seems to be part of a strategy to slim down the bundle of cable channels offered to its TV subscribers, to control price increases. Dish axed the Boston-area regional sports network in August. Comcast Corp. owns NBCUniversal and the Comcast-branded regional sports networks. Regional sports networks can be the second-most-expensive networks in a cable bundle - exceeded only by ESPN - because of the billions of dollars the networks have committed in recent years to acquiring TV rights for professional sports.
May 19, 2014 |
THE PRESIDENT of the United States is required once a year to report to Congress on the "State of the Union. " It is often more of a campaign speech for the policies the president wants to enact, but, in a tip of the hat to tradition, the president always ends with the reassuring words, "the state of the union is strong!" When thinking about this, I decided that mid-May might be a perfect time for my report on the "the state of professional sports in Philadelphia. " If we polled the sports fans of our city and gave them a choice of "strong," "fair" or "weak," my guess is that "weak" would come in a solid first, followed by "fair," with "strong" in dead last.
March 1, 2014 |
More than seven weeks elapsed last year between the time an inebriated Riley Cooper shouted a racial slur at a security guard keeping him from the backstage presence of Kenny Chesney and when the cellphone video of that incident was made public. In the interim, a lot of things happened. The video made its way from the phone of a young lady who was hanging on the periphery of the action that evening and into the hands of some high-quality friends who eventually thought they would like to make some money by messing up someone else's life.
March 9, 2013 |
As the Chicago Blackhawks try to surpass a record unbeaten streak set by the 1979-80 Flyers, Bob Clarke wishes them no ill will. "Not at all," Clarke, the onetime Flyers star who is now the organization's senior vice president, said the other day. "The way I feel, I hope the young people do more than what the athletes in my generation did. " Clarke, then 30 and in his first year as a playing assistant coach, was one of the leaders as the Flyers...
January 22, 2013 |
When he was growing up in Memphis, the city where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated 45 years ago, 76ers forward Thaddeus Young was assigned a job by his parents. Whenever friends and family visited, Young assumed the role of unofficial tour guide for trips to the National Civil Rights Museum, built around the former Lorraine Motel, where an assassin's bullet snuffed out King's life in 1968. "I've been there about 30 times," Young said. "We went there on school trips right through high school.
December 23, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA are poised to move forward with their legal fight over New Jersey's plans to allow sports gambling. That comes after a judge on Friday rejected arguments that the leagues could not prove they would be harmed if the state proceeded with the plans. In denying the state's request to dismiss the lawsuit by the NBA, NHL, NFL, Major League Baseball, and the NCAA, U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp agreed that they had standing to file the suit because expanding legal sports betting to New Jersey would harm perception of their games.
November 19, 2012 |
When quarterback Nick Foles takes the field for the Eagles on Sunday against the Redskins, his start will be a welcome novelty to fans longing for something different, an oasis of change in the stagnant desert of this 3-6 season. For the Eagles organization, however, Foles' first start is freighted with much more than that. The afternoon of work against the Redskins is a hold-your-breath game for everyone from owner Jeffrey Lurie down to the assistant dispenser of wristbands. The organization has to decide about Nick Foles.
October 26, 2012 |
LET'S PLAY a little game. Since 1993, Commissioner "A" of a major professional sports league has: * Been at the helm for four work stoppages. * Facilitated the relocation of six different franchises. * Increased yearly television revenue from $68 million to $366 million. * Increased player salaries by 459 percent ($1.090 million average to $5 million). Since 1993, Commissioner "B" of a major professional sports league has: * Been at the helm for three work stoppages.
October 18, 2012
The nation's professional sports leagues may have to dig deep to come up with proof of their opposition to sports betting through the years. Major League Baseball, the NFL, NHL, and NBA, along with the NCAA, are suing New Jersey to try to block the state from offering legalized sports betting in defiance of a federal ban. But court filings show that as part of that lawsuit, the leagues may have to turn over 10 years' worth of documents regarding...
October 17, 2012 |
ATLANTIC CITY - The NCAA is "ludicrous and hypocritical" for moving five championship games out of New Jersey next year because the state plans to offer legalized sports betting, a spokesman for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday. "The NCAA wants to penalize New Jersey for legalizing what occurs illegally every day in every state, and often with the participation of organized crime," the spokesman, Michael Drewniak, told the Associated Press. "But the NCAA looks the other way for that?"