Today in sports: Baseball's ratings topped the NFL last night, the NCAA is backing a proposal that would increase the value of athletic scholarships by $2,000, and the NBA lockout has already cost nearly 400 people their jobs.
- The Texas Rangers beat the St. Louis Cardinals last night to even the World Series at 2-2. Fox's broadcast registered a 10.1 overnight rating, compared to 8.2 for NBC's Sunday Night Football. The low football number is at least partly attributable to the fact the New Orleans Saints routed the Indianapolis Colts by 55 points, but when the NFL and World Series went head-to-head on Sunday night for the first time last year, the Saints vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers earned an 11.8 for NBC, while the San Francisco Giants vs. the Rangers notched a 10.4. Game 5 is scheduled for tonight. [Bloomberg]
- It's not a stipend and it's not a paycheck, but NCAA president Mark Emmert told the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics that he'll support a proposal that would allow conferences to increase the value of individual athletic scholarships by $2,000. Emmert says the new figure would "more closely reflect" the financial realities of attending college, but individual conferences still have to agree to the increase. ESPN.com college basketball blogger Eamon Brennan is skeptical about whether $2,000 can really make much of a difference anyway. "If you break that down into 12 months," Brennan writes, "a student-athlete gets an extra $166.67 per month. That's a smartphone bill and a few hoagies." [AP]
- Chelsea captain John Terry is denying he shouted a racial slur at Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League Match yesterday, even though there's compelling video evidence that he did. Terry, who was reinstated as captain of England's national soccer team back in March, said the incident was a "misunderstanding." Explained Terry: "I thought Anton was accusing me of using a racist slur against him. I responded aggressively, saying that I never used that term" [BBC Sport]
- The United States Golf Association and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrew's have revised the official "Rules of Golf" for the upcoming year. Among the key changes: players are no longer penalized when it is "known or virtually certain" that something like a gust of wind caused their ball to move on the green. Also, the pnealty for showing up late to a tee time has been reduced from immediate disqualification to a two stroke penalty. The changes might not seem like much, but try telling that to golfers Webb Simpson and Jim Furyk. Back in May, Simpson was leading the final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans when the wind his ball moved on the 15th green. He wound up taking a penalty stroke and losing the tournament in a playoff. In 2010, Furyk was disqualified from The Barclays when he showed up six minutes to his tee time. [Golf Digest]
- Since the NBA lockout started four months ago, "about 400" employees of the league and its 30 franchise have lost their jobs. A source says about 200 of the job losses came in the league's headquarters and international offices, with the rest coming at a team-level. 114 of the layoffs in the league office came back in July, just two weeks after the work stoppage began. At the time, that reduced the league's work force by 11 percent. [Sports Business Journal]