Side Lines for Thursday — December 08, 2005

• Mierta credited with goal

• Po’okela volleyball meeting

• NASCAR agrees to TV package

Mierta credited with goal

By The Garden Island

Waimea sophomore Cody Mierta wasn’t given credit for a goal he scored against Kapa’a last Saturday. Ryan Kunselman, his teammate, didn’t score in the Menehune win. Instead it was Mierta, who punched in a goal off Chad Thompson’s pass. KIF soccer continues on Saturday at Hanapepe Stadium, with Kaua’i battling Kapa’a.

Po’okela volleyball meeting

Po’okela Volleyball Club will be having an informational/sign-up meeting on Dec. 12, 7 p.m. at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Cafeteria. The girls age level divisions will be 12, 14, 16 and 18’s. The club will also field boys teams this year and will determine the age levels dependent on turnout and gym space. Come hear more about the club philosophy, rules and expectations, goals, tryout dates and times and meet the coaching staff and new board. If you have questions, call Richard or Peggy Roberts at 332-7083 or 482-0975 eves. Parents and guardians need to be present at the info meeting. Waivers and other forms that are needed for tryouts will be handed out at this meeting. This meeting is a prerequisite for tryouts.

NASCAR agrees to TV package

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Race fans, start your clickers. And make sure the TV listings are handy. Beginning in 2007, NASCAR viewers will need both to navigate their way through a 36-race television schedule.

NASCAR agreed to an eight-year, $4.48 billion television deal Wednesday that will split its schedule among the networks beginning in 2007. The 36 events will be aired on Fox, ABC/ESPN and TNT, and the annual all-star race will be on Speed Channel.

Although the actual races will have scheduling continuity, the remainder of the weekend practices and the Busch Series — will be spread out all over the dial in deals that run through the 2014 season.

“This is a major accomplishment for the NASCAR drivers, teams and track operators that have made this sport what it is today,” chairman Brian France said.

“The new broadcast partnership is also good for the fans, because they will have so much more NASCAR content from a variety of media and new media sources.” Marc Ganis, a sports marketer who heads Chicago’s Sportscorp Ltd., dismissed a suggestion that the multitude of networks could prove confusing to viewers. “NASCAR is sufficiently attractive to audiences that they will look for where the races are from week to week,” he said. Under the new deal, Fox gets the Daytona 500 and the 12 races that follow, TNT gets a six-event stretch over the summer, and ABC/ESPN closes out the schedule with 17 races — including all 10 Chase for the Championship events.

The deal marks a return to the sport for ABC/ESPN and the furthering of a long-term relationship for TNT.

ABC/ESPN had been shut out of the last TV contract, a six-year, $2.8 billion deal that began in 2001 and split the schedule among Fox, NBC and the network’s sister stations. When NBC declined to extend its contract with NASCAR, it opened the door for the networks, owned by The Walt Disney Co., to negotiate. ABC was one of the first networks to televise stock car racing in the 1960s.


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