In most years, a Friday column in this space at this time would be devoted to the University of Alabama football season opener. It’s an important game against a West Virginia team that is probably being undervalued and The Tuscaloosa News will have its usual in-depth coverage, maybe more than ever, in the next few days. But UA, and all the SEC teams were a part of history Thursday night and it’s worth looking at the long term, as well as the impending game in Atlanta.
The faint aroma of skepticism that wafted through the University of Southern California athletic department last Monday morning has since been overtaken by the noxious stench of stunned disbelief. Josh Shaw did not just lie to a person in the Trojans’ media relations department; he lied repeatedly to every major figure inside Heritage Hall, eye to eye.
The 2014 Little League World Series was the most-watched ever on ESPN networks (ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 combined) according to Nielsen. The average audience of 1,724,000 viewers (P2+) is up 71 percent from 2013. The Little League World Series across ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 consisted of 54 games, including the regionals and the Williamsport, Pa. competition.
Western New York taxpayers who think they can keep the Buffalo Bills in Western New York without having to subsidize construction of a new stadium have something new to think about. Stories earlier this week in The Buffalo News presented powerful reasons to believe that for the region to continue to play in this big league, it will have to provide what passes these days for a big-league stadium.
The NFL’s preseason schedule ended Thursday night after four games — two games too many of exhibition football at regular-season ticket prices for season-ticket buyers. It’s time the NFL scrapped two preseason games and extended the regular season to 18 games. More bang for everyone’s buck, a win for the fans, a big win for the owners, and a smaller win for the players. Read the rest at Sporting News