As the clock winds down on 2005, with album sales lagging for the fourth time in five years, where can the music industry turn for solutions? Believe it or not, one answer popped up in the sports page

As the clock winds down on 2005, with album sales lagging for the fourth time in five years, where can the music industry turn for solutions? Believe it or not, one answer popped up in the sports pages. For the past 3 1/2 decades, "Monday Night Football" was the anchor of ABC's prime time schedule, yet even the sport's marquee announcing team could not stem a ratings decline that prompted network parent Walt Disney to move "Monday Night Football" to its cable operation, ESPN, when the National Football League's new TV deal starts next year. So, why is this baseball fan writing about football in a magazine that covers the music business?