I will likely be taking a break from this blog until next week, and I have a good reason.
His name is Max George Lemke and he was born Friday evening and could be in line to be drafted by the Washington Nationals sometime around 2027 (if they can afford him.)
Max and his mom are asleep (thank goodness) so I just wanted to write a few lines about the significant sports business stories of the today and the weekend.
- Tony Kornheiser’s departure from Monday Night Football wasn’t too surprising, but it will be interesting to see how the dynamic in the booth changes with former Bucs coach John Gruden. With Ron Jaworski already there, you’ll now have two hardcore football guys in the booth with Mike Tirico. But one is a former coach and another is a former player. I think it could work well, heavy on football insight but with some humor. Gruden’s intense, but generally likable and has done well on TV so far since being fired from Tampa Bay. The larger question for ESPN to consider is whether Gruden will get the bug to coach again. Because if he’s gone after another year or two, the network is dealing with yet another change in the booth. MNF could use some stability.
- Very interesting story in Sports Business Journal telling us that the NFL is looking to extend its broadcast deals with CBS and Fox. An extension through 2013 would provide the league some nice financial stability. But apparently the new deals are linked at least indirectly to a possible agreement between cable provider Comcast and the NFL to carry the NFL Network.
- World Series games on Fox will start about 40 minutes earlier. In related news, Americans will finally get to bed at a reasonable hour, starting this fall.