Cancellation of NFL season
could cost DirecTV millions
DirecTV, the largest U.S. satellite-TV provider, could lose out on more than $600 million in revenue this year if the NFL cancels the 2011 season, according to analysts’ estimates.
DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket, which allows viewers to watch every NFL game, generated $600 million to $750 million in subscription revenue last season, said Craig Moffett of Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. The company would have added another $44 million in new Sunday Ticket subscribers this year if it got the same number as last year, he said.
The football programming, which costs $335 per season on top of regular subscription fees and isn’t offered by any other operator, would also cost DirecTV a branding tool for drawing new customers to other TV services, diminishing growth in the near term.
Also: The NFL asked a federal judge to deny the players’ union bid to release details in a $4 billion TV revenue dispute, saying information should be kept confidential because it is commercially sensitive.
Two weeks ago, U.S. District Court Judge David Doty ruled — rejecting a special master’s previous decision — that the NFL illegally secured the money from TV contracts for 2011, money the players contend was arranged to fund a lockout. A week ago, the union requested that all exhibits, testimony and transcripts be unsealed.
The league filed its response and included redacted versions of exhibits cited in Doty’s decision totaling more than 800 pages. Much of the information was blacked out to protect information the NFL considers sensitive, harmful to future negotiations if revealed and damaging to business relations.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco is set for a four-day tryout with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer starting Tuesday. Ochocinco started playing soccer at age 4 but chose to focus on football in high school.
With eye on Anaheim, NBA’s
Kings file for ‘Royals’ nickname
The Sacramento Kings have taken yet another step toward a potential move to Southern California.
With the Kings exploring relocation to Anaheim, an attorney for the NBA team filed for at least four federal trademark registrations on March 3.
Among the names filed for according to the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s website were: Anaheim Royals, Anaheim Royals of Southern California, Orange County Royals and Los Angeles Royals.
The name change would be a throwback to the franchise’s earlier days, when it was known as the Rochester Royals and Cincinnati Royals.
Also: President Barack Obama, filling out an NCAA Tournament bracket for ESPN for the third straight year, picked Kansas to defeat Ohio State in the national championship game. He also picked No. 1 seeds Duke and Pittsburgh to make the Final Four.
Djokovic runs win streak to 15;
Roddick loses in straight sets
Third-ranked Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak to 15 matches with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over fellow Serb Viktor Troicki in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.
Troicki, the 16th seed, hadn’t lost a set in the tournament until he ran into Djokovic on a day when temperatures soared to near 90 degrees — 10 to 15 degrees warmer than usual for the second straight day.
Eighth-seeded Andy Roddick lost to No. 18 Richard Gasquet, 6-3, 7-6 (5). It was Gasquet’s second win over a top-10 player this week, having taken out No. 10 Jurgen Melzer in the third round.
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Roger Federer won their matches.
Also: The UNLV women’s tennis team lost to Mississippi 4-3 at the Fertitta Tennis Complex. The Rebels (11-4) won two of three doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead, then lost four of six singles matches.
Western Illinois scored three runs in the seventh inning off UNLV pitcher Amanda Oliveto to break a tie and capture a 9-6 softball victory at Eller Media Stadium. Stefany Valentino hit a three-run homer for the Rebels (14-10), and Rayna Bradshaw had three hits and two runs.
Real Madrid and Chelsea reached the Champions League quarterfinals, joining Inter Milan, Barcelona, Manchester United, Tottenham, Schalke and Shakhtar Donetsk in Friday’s draw for the last eight.
Real Madrid advanced to the quarters for the first time in seven years by defeating Lyon 3-0 in Madrid, getting goals from Marcelo, Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria. Chelsea advanced in London despite being held to a 0-0 draw by FC Copenhagen in the second leg of their last-16 match.
Gabe Suarez, a former Cimarron-Memorial High School wrestler, received All-America honors for St. Cloud State with a third-place finish at 141 pounds in the NCAA Division II championships last weekend in Kearney, Neb. Suarez, a senior, went 30-9 this season and 106-37 in his career.