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Happy New Year to all. May the new year bring us labor peace, quiet free agent signings and players behaving nicely. Of course that won't happen.
Here are some quick hits in the field of business and sports.
Keeping it Sirius: Sirius XM and and the NFL have announced a 5 year extension of their satellite broadcasting and marketing agreement through to the 2016 Super Bowl.
QB To Pitch: Pats QB Tom Brady is endorsing Deckers Outdoor's UGG brand for men. He starts as a pitchman with the Fall 2011 collection and will also consult on ideas for future seasonal collections. Decker is looking to break into the North American market, with their UGG footwear being purchased primarily by women.
Nice Pad: The New Jersey Devils have spent well into the six figures to equip the Prudential Center with 20 iPads so fans can stay connected with friends while at a game. For $20, fans can rent the iPad. The iPads are part of a larger digital command center featuring six desktops and six 50 inch HD televisions. No word if these most recent purchases constitute a circumvention of the CBA.
To Attend Or Not To Attend: The Canadiens, Hawks and Flyers lead the NHL in overall attendance. The Predators, Coyotes and Kings have seen the biggest gain in attendance over last season, while the Stars, Jackets and Isles have seen the biggest declines. The Stars are playing good hockey so that's unfortunate. The Isles at just a hair of 10,000 have the lowest average attendance.
The LA Bills?: Steven Brady, investment banker and Bills fan, has suggested that to keep the Bills in Buffalo fans should loan money to the next owner by buying low-interest bonds that would end up reducing the new owner's interest payments. While owner Ralph Wilson has said he intends to keep the team in Buffalo, uncertainty exists once the team changes ownership. See Brady's site at http://www.billsbonds.com/.
Brick By Brick: Comcast-Spectacor is selling bricks from Spectrum, the old home of the Flyers. For $39.95, fans can get an authenticated brick sitting on a wood base. For an extra $60, fans can get punched in the face by Dave Schultz.