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Los Angeles Dodgers File For Bankruptcy

The Los Angeles Dodgers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a Delaware court Monday, the latest setback this year for the baseball organization.

In the filing, the Dodgers cite MLB Commissioner Bud Selig‘s decision not to approve a multibillion-dollar TV deal with Fox last week. By filing for Chapter 11, Frank McCourt is allowed to use $150 million to finance the team, which means he could meet payroll at the end of this week.

“He’s [Bud Selig] turned his back on the Dodgers, treated us differently, and forced us to the point we find ourselves in today,” McCourt said in a statement. “I simply cannot allow the Commissioner to knowingly and intentionally be in a position to expose the Dodgers to financial risk any longer. It is my hope that the Chapter 11 process will create a fair and constructive environment to get done what we couldn’t achieve with the Commissioner directly.”

Thirteen of the creditors listed in bankruptcy filing are owed over $1 million, including Manny Ramirez ($21 million), Andruw Jones ($11 million) and current starter Hiroki Kuroda ($4.5 million).

 

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New York Jets Hire Sal Alosi's Replacement

Bill Hughan is the new strength and conditioning coach of the New York Jets, a factoid that’s really only relevant because of his predecessor. That would be Sal Alosi, the man resigned from his post on January 31, six weeks after tripping a Miami Dolphins player. The Jets suspended Alosi indefinitely for his sins.

Hughan has the proper credentials – he spent the past three seasons as the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Atlanta Falcons – but not nearly the Google Trends juice. That’s probably a good thing for a man in a position should remain hidden in the shadows.

Strength and conditioning coaches are getting hired left and right around the NFL – as are others into positions of similar low visibility – and yet Hughan is the only one getting more than a passing mention in the press. Amazing what a little trip can do, huh?

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Eagles-Cowboys Game Ties Ratings Record for ‘Sunday Night Football’

Last night’s exciting matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys tied a ratings record for NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.”

The game registered a 16.5 rating/25 share according to Nielsen overnights, tying last year’s week two matchup between the Cowboys and New York Giants. The last game to draw a higher overnight rating was a game between the Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins in December, 1998.

Last night’s game saw the Eagles beat the Cowboys 30-27.

More information in NBC’s announcement, after the jump.

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Chris Botta Can't Catch a Break, but he Sure Does Have a Lot of Support

Both SI.com and SBNation delve into the New York Islanders-Chris Botta saga, coming down hard on the hockey team’s management.

Red Light’s Stu Hackel points out how absurd it was/is for the Islanders to revoke Botta’s credential, seeing as he’s one of the only sources of news for the club. Judging by the harsh comments on his post, the readers – who give Islanders Point Blank 1.5 million page views a month – agree. Hackel even calls for NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to moderate the PR disaster.

Steve Lepore has even harsher words for the team:

The Islanders should not be revoking Botta’s credentials, they should be begging him to come back. Not just for getting on Mike Francesa, or the few other TV and radio shows that gave Botta airtime on Thursday. He has done a better job than almost anyone in the hockey universe to get people to pay attention to a team that has not been worth paying attention to for many, many years. They have not advanced past the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in what is now closing in on two decades. They needed a new building two decades ago, too. Fact is, Botta’s writing is deserving of a much better team.

As for Botta? He’s still posting, albeit in a neutered manner: Read more

MTV2 Gets Into the High School Football Game

Perhaps in an attempt to cash in on the Friday Night Lights audience, MTV2 will air The Ride: The Road To The U.S. Army All American Bowl.

The “docu-series” follows eight high school quarterbacks as they try to win a spot in the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

“We are pleased to partner with Backfield Productions, LLC to bring The Ride to MTV2,” Eric Conte, SVP, programming and production, MTV2, said in a statement. “The Ride: The Road To The U.S. Army All American Bowl is a courageous journey, blending elements of competition, intense passion, and heartache that undoubtedly will resonate with MTV2 viewers. Watching these eight young high school football players compete for their ultimate dreams taps right into the vein of our young male audience and is sure to touch and inspire both die-hard and casual football fans alike.”

The quarterbacks after the jump. Read more

Hide Todos. Isiah Thomas Wants Back to New York

“Isiah Thomas thought he would be dead by age 20, so at 49 he offers no apologies for betting on himself. Exiled in Miami, haunted by his proximity to LeBron James, Thomas embraces his articles of blind faith like one would a baby in a storm.”

And thus begins a crazy lede to Ian O’Connor‘s crazy story.

Isiah Thomas, the man who got himself run out of New York on the heels of a sex scandal after destroying the Knicks, wants back in Gotham.

He’s currently coaching the Florida International University, dreaming of returning to Madison Square Garden. As he tells it, LeBron James would be playing in NYC if Thomas was still with the Knicks organization. He defends some of his more terrible personnel decisions while general manager with the argument that he was recruiting players who James liked.

Thomas, who almost returned as an consultant to the Knicks before someone realized it might not be a good idea seeing as he was a college coach and all, clearly has his heart in New York. His head, however, might be in the clouds.

But please just go read the story.