The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It’s a refreshing change, though it’d be easier to understand if the Cardinals had, in fact, a sure thing at the quarterback position. But as of now, they don’t.Newly-signed Drew Stanton along with Brian Hoyer, John Skelton and Ryan Lindley are all on the roster, and it’s likely the Cardinals will select at least one quarterback sometime in the draft. The early edge would appear to go Stanton, who Arians has expressed great confidence in, though it remains to be seen who will be taking first-team snaps when camp opens. But at the very least, it appears we won’t have to wait very long. Comments   Share   It appears one area where new Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians differs from his predecessor is how they handle naming a starting quarterback.Ken Whisenhunt, who was in Arizona for six years, went into training camp with an already-named starter just three times (if you include Kevin Kolb in 2011, though he was not acquired by the team prior to the opening of camp). Arians appears to want no such questions surrounding his team, as he told ESPN NFC West blogger Mike Sando the plan is to have a starter named well before the team begins preparing for the season. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “I don’t think there’s any doubt when you have an established quarterback, it is much better than when someone is competing for a job,” Arians said Tuesday from the NFL owners meeting. “Guys’ friendships get involved and their own evaluations are made in the locker room because of friendships, and it’s not always in the best interests of the ball club.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

Viacom is reportedly eyeing one of the biggest all

first_imgViacom is reportedly eyeing one of the biggest all-cash takeovers in recent US media history by planning to acquire Scripps Networks Interactive for around US$10.6 billion.According to Reuters, New York-based Viacom is willing to fork out cash to finance the deal, which would add the Food Network, HGTV and Travel Channel to a stable already including MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon.News emerged last week that Viacom and Discovery Communications were both interested in a deal for Tennessee-based Scripps.Discovery is believed to be looking at a merger structure, similar to the one discussed back in 2014, though as the slightly larger company would likely control the combined business.Viacom has the clout to buy Scripps outright, but Reuters reported that the deal would likely mean it loses its Moody’s investment grade. Viacom’s debts are currently around U$12.17 billion.The move would be by far the biggest Bob Bakish has made since being named president and CEO towards the end of last year.He has so far focused his strategy on core Viacom channel brands, including the creation of new US entertainment channel Paramount Network, and the sale of the company’s stake in US premium cablenet Epix to reduce debt.Much of this has been an attempt to convince shareholders the business is back on track after boardroom battles and unstable ratings led to a tanking share price under former chief Philippe Dauman.Viacom declined to comment this morning, while Scripps hadn’t responded to requests for comment at press time.A Wall Street Journal report claims Scripps’ management has been debating the merits of a sale. Besides its cable portfolio, it owns Polish commercial broadcaster TVN and 50% of UK multichannel operator UKTV.Scripps launched in 2008 when American channels group E.W. Scripps spun off its cable division as a New York-listed company.last_img read more