Although the deal hasn't yet been approved by regulators or Sprint shareholders, Mr. Son, Softbank's chief executive and largest shareholder, already has pledged to try to break the market dominance of the industry titans.
A partnership with SoftBank Corp. may mean much-needed capital for Sprint Nextel Corp., but employees are wondering whether an alignment with the Japanese wireless carrier will translate into many workplace changes.
In a September investors' presentation, the International Speedway Corp. ISCA -0.20 % , which owns more than half of Nascar's racetracks, described sports as TV's "least time-shifted genre" and said 42% of households have DVRs, up from 3% in 2006.
How's this for a challenge: resurrect the icon for a first-person shooter franchise that vaulted the Xbox into popularity and somehow manage to make his next adventure as good or better than any other series title before?