• In this Nov. 3, 2015, file photo, workers install an ESPN Monday Night Football banner before an NFL football game between the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens in Cleveland. The sports network that drives Disney’s profit engine has hit a soft patch as people cut the cord to watch programming online. It's a sign of one of TV’s biggest challenges: the ever-increasing cost of sports rights and whether consumers want to keep footing the bill. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

    Sports costs at ESPN weigh down Disney’s Force-ful quarter

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — ESPN, the sports network that drives Disney’s profit engine, has hit a soft patch. Subscribers have fallen by about 7.2 million over the last three years, according to Nielsen, and it’s coming off a round of layoffs in the latest quarter. As more people cut the cord to watch programming online, its perch on top of the pay TV empire is looking unsteady at best.

  • Falcons owner Blank to have surgery for prostate cancer

    ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank is planning surgery for what he says is a treatable form of prostate cancer.

  • This 1989 photo shows the entry to the headquarters of the W.T. Waggoner Ranch estate outside Vernon, Texas. The massive North Texas ranch was sold Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, to sports mogul Stan Kroenke, owner of the Los Angeles Rams NFL football team. The ranch had been listed for $725 million when it hit the market in August 2014. (Torin Halsey/Times Record News via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    NFL owner buys historic Waggoner Ranch, largest in US

    VERNON, Texas (AP) — A billionaire sports mogul has purchased a Texas mega-ranch that has been operated by one family for nearly a century.

  • In this Oct. 19, 2015, file photo, Toronto Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson celebrates his two run home run against the Kansas City Royals during the third inning in Game 3 of baseball's American League Championship Series in Toronto. A person familiar with the negotiations says Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, Donaldson and the Blue Jays are nearing agreement on a $28.65 million, two-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been finalized. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

    AP source: Donaldson, Blue Jays nearing $28.65M, 2-year deal

    NEW YORK (AP) — AL MVP Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays are nearing agreement on a $28.65 million, two-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

  • In this March 8, 1984, file photo, Donald Trump shakes hands with Herschel Walker in New York after agreement on a 4-year contract with the New Jersey Generals USFL football team. The New Jersey Generals have been largely forgotten, but Trump’s ownership of the team was formative in his evolution as a public figure and peerless self-publicist. With money and swagger, he led a shaky and relatively low-budget spring football league, the USFL, into a showdown with the NFL. (AP Photo/Dave Pickoff, File)

    Trump: Unlikely he’d run for president if he had NFL team

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s flirtation with professional football lasted for three decades. He never ended up with an NFL franchise despite repeated demonstrations of interest.

  • In this March 8, 1984, file photo, Donald Trump shakes hands with Herschel Walker in New York after agreement on a 4-year contract with the New Jersey Generals USFL football team. The New Jersey Generals have been largely forgotten, but Trump’s ownership of the team was formative in his evolution as a public figure and peerless self-publicist. With money and swagger, he led a shaky and relatively low-budget spring football league, the USFL, into a showdown with the NFL. (AP Photo/Dave Pickoff, File)

    How Donald Trump, with pizazz and bluster, took on the NFL

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 30 years ago, Donald Trump bought a franchise in the upstart United States Football League. He then led his fellow owners to sue the NFL in a high-stakes antitrust case.

  • In this Aug. 2, 1985, file photo, Donald Trump, right, New York real estate magnates Stephen Ross, left, and USFL Commissioner Harry L. Usher, center, participate in a news conference in New York to discuss the agreement they have reached in principle to merge the Houston Gamblers and New Jersey Generals football franchises. The New Jersey Generals have been largely forgotten, but Trump’s ownership of the team was formative in his evolution as a public figure and peerless self-publicist. With money and swagger, he led a shaky and relatively low-budget spring football league, the USFL, into a showdown with the NFL. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, File)

    How Donald Trump, with pizazz and bluster, took on the NFL

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump was known in New York by 1984 as a flashy newcomer to Manhattan real estate. But football, not business, was what drew 60 young women to the Trump Tower in early January of that year.

  • This image provided by Audi shows a scene from the company's "The Commander" spot for Super Bowl 50. The ad features the new Audi R8 V10. (Audi via AP)

    Here come the ads of Super Bowl 50 _ upbeat and safe

    NEW YORK (AP) — From a strange creature called “Puppymonkeybaby” to a tear-inducing Audi ad, Super Bowl ads ran the gamut this year from offbeat humor to heartfelt messages.

  • MLS commissioner taking hard look at St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis may be losing football, but Major League Soccer could be on the horizon.

  • In this Dec. 20, 2015, file phoo, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) and Carolina Panthers' Josh Norman (24) grapple during the first half of an NFL football game  in East Rutherford, N.J. In response to the season's violent outbursts by Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr., Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict and others, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suggested a rule might be passed that would call for an automatic ejection if a player receives two personal fouls in a game.  (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

    Despite troubles aplenty, NFL and Super Bowl popular as ever

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The headlines hit in a persistent stream this season, and the onslaught only grew steadier as the Super Bowl approached.