The news finally came down on Tuesday afternoon, with a press release that caught even some teams by surprise: months after telling the press that a deal was imminent, the National Women's Soccer League finally announced a national television deal with Fox Sports.
Bio: Howard Megdal is Writer At Large for Capital New York, and currently contributes to USA Today Sports Weekly, Sports Illustrated and Vice Sports. His books include The Baseball Talmud, Taking the Field and Wilpon's Folly. His book on the Cardinals will be published by St. Martin's Press in October 2015. Follow Howard on Twitter @HowardMegdal.
Wednesday afternoon at the General Manager meetings in Orlando in the winter the Mets have long claimed would be different than those that came before it offered a tableau suggesting that absolutely nothing has changed.
It's mid-November, a time of hope for baseball fans most everywhere. The general manager meetings are in full swing, as is free agency.
The Knicks have a problem. And that 1-3 start really isn't it, however upset it's gotten James Dolan at the Knicks City Dancers and newly-hired general manager Steve Mills, both of whom are equally complicit in putting together this current roster.
As the press awaited the arrival of Red Bulls coach Mike Petke at the post-game press conference Wednesday night at Red Bull Arena, veteran soccer reporter Michael Lewis turned to fellow veteran Filip Bondy and said, with mock gravity, "I don't want to catch you using an old column and just changing the names."
If you'd taken bets on a graduate of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School becoming mayor of New York, the likelier choice, up until a few months ago, would have been the guy with universal name recognition in the city who nearly led the Knicks to an N.B.A. championship.
In case you were wondering: no, there still aren't any winners in the battle between Alex Rodriguez and Major League Baseball.
The New York Yankees are still deciding who they are, apparently. And that confusion might cause next year's team to fall short of the playoffs, just as surely as it did this season.
The justifiable excitement over the starting lineup of the Brooklyn Nets spilled over into the radio broadcast booth prior to the team's season opener on Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
At some level, you have to feel sorry for Jeff Wilpon.