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    Wednesday, July 12, 2006


    Preparations for the ’08 Olympics are destroying historic Beijing neighborhood.

    Baseball, cycling taking different approaches to dealing with doping scandals.

    The Baltimore SUN’s John Eisenberg writes, “Between the effects of globalization, big-money contracts and free-market principles (free agency), it’s hard now for any team or country to rule any sport for long” (Baltimore SUN).

    In an Op/Ed in the N.Y. TIMES, author Alexander Stille writes the Italian soccer match-fixing scandal was born of “the competitor’s drive to win and the power of television to shape commerce and culture” (N.Y. TIMES).

    The FT.WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM’s David Thomas writes the MLB All-Star Game “is fun.  It’s entertaining.  It’s unpredictable. … But [it] just isn’t as special now” (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM).

    The WALL STREET JOURNAL’s Mike Esterl writes, “From settings that show contests on TV screens to makeshift arenas that host live competitions, cities around the world are creating temporary venues to hold down costs and bring in extra tourist spending as the price of holding big events soars” (WALL STREET JOURNAL).

    Also:

    • Red Zebra, Clear Channel’s WTEM-AM competing for DC radio supremacy.
    • Columnist says city of Orlando’s self-image too closely aligned with Magic.
    • Profile of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

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