Sunrise Sports & Entertainment, which operates the arena, is the profitable arm of the Florida Panthers family of companies and is said to be part of the transaction. The team had no comment after the New York Post first reported a group of unidentified New York-based investors were buying the team. The Panthers have been losing more than $20 million per season in recent years, the source said. A source close to the team confirmed the sale was in the works and said general manager Dale Tallon has been telling players interested in coming to the Panthers such as former All-Star goalie Tim Thomas that a new owner would be in place soon. An announcement could be coming in the next few weeks. Captain Ed Jovanovski, who said he heard reports of a new owner on a weekly basis while with the Phoenix Coyotes, said word of a new owner shouldnt affect the team at all. For the most part, you have a bunch of guys who just want to play hockey, Jovanovski said. Whatever happens on the ownership side will be taken care of by the executives in place. I think for us, we just wait and see. Were trying to be in the right frame of mind for the start of the season. But someone new coming in must be eager to take over the team. You have to look at that as a positive. Well see. Anytime you have an ownership group that wants to win and wants to spend money, thats exciting for a player. Viola is a successful commodities dealer who previously was chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange and is now chairman of Virtu Financial, an electronic commodities trading company. He was a minority owner of the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets of which Brett Yormark, twin brother of Panthers president Michael, is CEO several years ago but is no longer, according to the team.
Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports Hakeem Nicks: C+ Playing in front of his home crowd, the Giants’ No. 1 receiver, who was excused from Friday’s practice due to personal reasons was targeted just one time, failing to come up with the reception. It’s really hard to put this one on Nicks, who ran the deep routes that simply werent there for the taking. As the game wore on, the Panthers started to play more of a loose zone, yet Nicks still couldn’t contribute much to the equation, though to be fair,his quarterback was under duress for much of the game, which prevented the deep pass. Its probably unfair to assign a grade to Nicks based on what he was asked to do, but that he couldnt separate is something that cant be overlooked. Victor Cruz: B Cruz, who caught three of the eight passes thrown his way for 25 yards, was covered well by the Panthers’ patchwork secondary. When he did connect with his quarterback, Cruz displayed that elusiveness that fans have come to expect from the receiver. The problem though was that the Panthers were determined to not let Cruz or any of the Giants’ receivers for that matter beat them with the deep ball. Rueben Randle: C- Randle caught two of the four passes thrown his way, but he had a ball fall right through his hands in the second quarter on a second-and-long that didn’t help his team. Louis Murphy Jr.: D Murphy didn’t get many chances in Week 2 against Denver , a result of how the game flow went. That trend continued this week, though he did get a chance to come in for a few snaps when Randle suffered a rib injury. Murphy proceeded to have a costly fourth-quarter fumble on his 43 that was recovered by the Panthers, who ran off an 11-play drive that resulted in the ball being turned over on downs. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Brandon Myers: C What was particularly frustrating about Myers’ performance was that the Panthers safeties were deep for most of the game, leaving the underneath seams open. Myers, for whatever the reason, couldn’t take advantage of that until the third quarter, as it looked like he was denied several opportunities for a free release by the Panthers defense. He finished with three receptions for 33 yards, tied for the team lead in catches with receiver Victor Cruz. Where Myers did make a little bit of an impact was with some of his blocks on the edge, in which he battled hard against his man, staying with him long enough to be effective. Bear Pascoe: D Used primarily as a blocker, he did have two passes thrown his way from the fullback spot, where he had moved after starter Henry Hynoski left the game with a shoulder injury.
New York judge denies request to shut down Dish Hopper
In addition to ABC, CBS (the parent company of CNET), and other companies have filed separate suits against Dish over its AutoHop feature. A judge in California also ruled in favor of Dish in July by rejecting Fox’s appeal of a similar decision to not serve an injunction against the Hopper. Related stories T-Mobile CEO: I’m open to deals with Dish, Sprint ABC told CNET that the fight’s far from over. “Today’s ruling is only a preliminary decision and the first step in the judicial process,” an ABC spokesperson said in an e-mail when asked about Wednesday’s ruling. “We continue to firmly believe that Dish’s AutoHop and PrimeTime Anytime services breach our retransmission consent agreement with Dish, infringe upon ABC’s copyrights, and unfairly compete with the authorized on-demand and commercial-free options currently offered by ABC and its licensees.” CBS, however, did get a small victory from Wednesday’s ruling. The New York judge also denied Dish’s motion to throw out the broadcaster’s claim that Dish allegedly concealed the ad-skipping technology during contract negotiations . This means CBS can continue with its suit against Dish on this particular issue. CBS applauded the decision in a statement sent to CNET. “We are very pleased with today’s decision, which allows CBS to proceed with its fraudulent concealment claim,” CBS said in a statement. “This ruling allows us to show in trial that what Dish knew and what Dish said it knew are two absolutely different things and give reason to unwind a deceptive contract.” When contacted by CNET, Dish did not comment on the matter. Dish’s general counsel, R. Stanton Dodge, did issue a statement earlier regarding the preliminary injunction. “This decision is yet another victory for American consumers, and we are proud to have stood by their side in this important fight over the fundamental rights of consumer choice and control,” Dodge said. “This is the third federal court decision that has sided with Dish on consumers’ right to enjoy television as they want, when they want, including the right to skip commercials, if they so choose.” Update, 4:18 p.m.