Welcome to the US Digest, rounding up the big news and developments coming out of the world’s biggest sports marketWoods-Mickelson showdown set for Thanksgiving weekend More details emerged this week about the $10m showdown between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. 1) It will take place on Thanksgiving weekend, either on Nov 23 or Nov 24 at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas. 2) Cable network TNT has agreed to broadcast the event across its multiple platforms. 3) The duo are considering putting in some of their own money, but only as a side bet. 4). This is no one-off. There are tentative plans for a series of head-to-head matches featuring the world's top players, with two-man team events also being considered. It all sounds interesting, but how many people will watch?
LeBron gives Lakers instant national TV exposure LeBron James' move to the LA Lakers has had an immediate impact on the team's national TV exposure. The NBA this week released its TV schedule for the first week of the season, Christmas Day and Martin Luther King Jr Day – and, unsurprisingly, the Lakers are prominently featured. LeBron's first meaningful Lakers game, against the Trail Blazers on Thursday, Oct 18, is on TNT; the Lakers' Christmas Day clash with the Warriors is on ESPN (in primetime); and the Lakers will face the Warriors again on MLK Day, on TNT. Last year the Lakers had 35 of their 82 regular-season games on national TV, ranking them fifth overall.