- - Wednesday, January 11, 2012


USOC to resume talks on revenue-sharing dispute

LONDON — U.S. Olympic Committee leaders will resume negotiations with the IOC this week about the revenue-sharing dispute that’s been blocking potential American bids for the games, including the 2022 Winter Olympics.

USOC chairman Larry Probst and CEO Scott Blackmun told the Associated Press on Wednesday that they will hold talks with International Olympic Committee officials Friday in Innsbruck, Austria, during the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games.

The negotiations with the IOC, ongoing for more than a year, are aimed at resolving the dispute over the U.S. share of Olympic television and marketing revenues. The IOC believes the American cut is excessive and should be redistributed.

• Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke was in critical condition Wednesday, a day after she was airlifted from the mountains of Utah to a Salt Lake City hospital with injuries following a training accident in the superpipe.

The 29-year-old Burke is widely considered the foremost pioneer for her main sport of freestyle half-pipe. She lobbied aggressively to have it included in the Olympics, where it will debut in 2014.


Rome taking talk show from ESPN to CBS

NEW YORK — Sports talk show host Jim Rome is leaving ESPN for CBS’ networks.

He will host a half-hour weekday show on cable channel CBS Sports Network called “Rome” starting in April. CBS said Wednesday that he would also have a sports and entertainment series on Showtime beginning late this year. Rome will contribute to CBS’ coverage of the NFL, NCAA basketball and U.S. Open tennis.

Rome will continue to host his nationally syndicated radio show.


PGA commissioner Finchem gets four-year extension

HONOLULU — PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem has received a four-year contract extension, keeping him in charge of golf’s biggest tour through 2016.

Finchem, 64, has been commissioner since 1994. He suggested last year he might be willing to stay on the job after his contract was up in 2012. The extension was approved by a policy board of five independent directors and four player directors.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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