January 12, 2012
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Fox settled their lawsuit late Tuesday night, removing an impediment to the sale of the bankrupt team. In a motion filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware, the Dodgers said they were abandoning their attempt to market future media rights and will adhere to their contract with Fox's Prime Ticket subsidiary, which kept intact its exclusive negotiating window from Oct. 15 through Nov. 30 this year. Fox Sports Net West, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., sued the Dodgers in September, claiming that owner Frank McCourt's attempt to sell media rights for 2014 and beyond violated its current broadcast agreement.
March 13, 2011 |
The NFL confirmed Saturday morning that it locked out its players, issuing a statement acknowledging what had been widely expected and reported after the players union decertified Friday afternoon. The questions for NFL fans now are: How long will the lockout last, and will it impact the regular season? The first steps toward answering that question could play out within weeks as the players seek an injunction to block the lockout. If they succeed, the league could be forced to create new work rules and move ahead with free agency, trades, and games, though more legal moves and countermoves would follow.
January 13, 2010 |
Animal-cruelty charges filed against a woman known for running a successful pack of sporting dogs have been continued until June and will be dropped if she complies with an agreement to clean and maintain her kennel in Roxborough. In July, the Pennsylvania SPCA raided the property of Wendy Willard, owner of Murder Hollow Bassets. The agency filed 22 citations against her for failing to adequately care for 23 dogs on her property, 11 more than allowed under city ordinances. Philadelphia Community Court Judge Joseph J. O'Neill negotiated the agreement between Willard and SPCA officers.
February 7, 2007 |
Mark Messier, who retired last September after a 25-year career that included six Stanley Cups, wants to be the New York Rangers' general manager. That job, however, is already held by Glen Sather, who said he isn't ready to give it up. Messier caught many in the Rangers' organization off guard on Monday by telling the Toronto Sun he planned to talk to Sather about eventually succeeding him. Sather, however, has given no indication he is ready to leave. "Who knows in sports business, but I don't have any plans to do anything immediately," Sather said yesterday.
June 11, 2003 |
At a time when attendance figures and television ratings for many major sports are stagnant or declining, people can't seem to get enough of books about sports. The sports side of the book-publishing industry has never been healthier. In the New York Times' hardcover best-seller list for this Sunday, four of the top 11 nonfiction titles are about sports, two of them focused on baseball, the other two on golf. Having so many sports books doing so well at the same time is highly unusual, the experts say, but not startling.
April 28, 2003 |
From the courtside Lexus Club to Victors fine-dining restaurant on the First Union Center's second level, it's evident that a revolution has taken place in arena concessions: Jumbo shrimp, crab cakes, freshly made roast beef sandwiches, gourmet french fries, specialty pretzels, cups of micro-brewed beer, and nachos. Mobile carts were strategically placed throughout the arena, and bartenders in club boxes were pouring beers and mixing alcoholic drinks. "When you walk into this facility, you want to eat," said Gail Clark, the Aramark Corp.
March 28, 2002 |
The NFL ended its push for late-season scheduling flexibility to help ABC's sagging Monday Night Football ratings and will release the 2002 schedule today, the Associated Press has learned. Earlier this week, NFL officials met with executives from CBS and Fox, trying to persuade them to agree to some flexibility for the final four weeks of the regular season. But those networks balked at giving marquee Sunday games to rival ABC. "The league will use the same format as in the past for Monday Night Football," an NFL source told the AP yesterday.
February 4, 2002
Now that the Super Bowl's over, let's talk about real sports. Let's talk about the holy sports week descending like a benediction upon the City of Basketball Love. For this is NBA All-Star Week, and it has come to Philadelphia. The All-Star Game itself is on Sunday at First Union Center. But from now through Sunday at venues throughout the town, very tall people not from around here will be showing off what they can do and the rest of us cannot. Anyone who loves this game even a little should be in paradise.
July 16, 2001 |
If we sports fans ever forgot that professional sports is about private enterprise, the Eagles issued a firm reminder Tuesday, when they announced their Eagles' Stadium Builder Licenses. These are licensing fees for the right to buy season tickets for 29,000 of the best seats in the new stadium. If you hold season tickets now, you can pay the fee - ranging from $1,530 to $3,700 per seat - and then pay for the seat. These new fees are all about business. There was obviously no ill will intended in their announcement.
April 16, 2000 |
On Wednesday, the day his transition committee released a report recommending a downtown ballpark for the Phillies, Mayor Street stood in the hall outside his office and called for public views about where to build new stadiums for the Phillies and the Eagles. "What I decided is that I was not going to have happen to this administration what I think inadvertently happened to the previous administration," Street said, referring to former Mayor Edward G. Rendell's stadium efforts.