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  • Yankees Execs Traveling To China To Explore Opportunities

    Cashman Joining Yankees
    Contingent Taking Trip To Asia
    Yankees execs will travel to China next week to “explore opportunities, both baseball and business,” according to Murray Chass of the N.Y. TIMES. The group — which includes Yankees President Randy Levine, GM Brian Cashman, and Assistant GM Jean Afterman — will establish contacts, “determine the most likely source of future talent and very likely initiate conversations about future working agreements, like the one they have with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan.” The Yankees “have singled out China because it could be the next plush source of talent,” and the team “could be the first major league team to open an academy” in the country. After spending “a week or so in China, they will visit Japan and their Japanese partners.” The trip is being made “with the blessing” of MLB. By “enhancing their brand in China, the Yankees won’t directly benefit financially because revenue from any merchandise sold in any country” is subject to revenue sharing (N.Y. TIMES, 1/25).

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  • Pirates Bringing Post-Game Concerts To PNC Park This Season

    The Pirates’ promotional schedule this season includes the “introduction of postgame concerts,” according to Dejan Kovacevic of the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE. The first concert will be held July 4 and feature country act Big & Rich. A not-yet-named local act will perform September 29. Pirates VP/Marketing, Sales & Broadcasting Tim Schuldt said that the decision to add concerts “was inspired by having 30 or so live jazz and blues performances after games inside PNC Park’s exclusive Montecristo Club” last season. The team’s other plans include five bobblehead giveaways, six fireworks nights, and three SkyBlast shows. The latter will feature performances by Styx, Smash Mouth and PovertyNeck Hillbillies. The Pirates, in addition to the annual African American Heritage Celebration weekend, are also adding nationality days for Greeks, Latinos, Italians, Slovaks, Germans and the Irish and Polish (POST-GAZETTE, 1/25).

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  • Sweet Virginia: Bears’ Matriarch Sits For Rare Interview

    McCaskey (c) Discusses
    Family’s Ownership Of Bears
    Bears Principal Owner Virginia McCaskey sat for a rare Q&A with the Chicago Tribune’s Don Pierson, who served as a pool reporter for several Chicago writers. She said of her tenure as owner, “It was a bumpy road a lot of times, how I should sell the team and give Chicago competent ownership.” McCaskey, on the renovated Soldier Field, “It works for the fans. It works for the team. Personally, it’s wonderful because we have a suite that accommodates 20 people, which can take care of most of my family (laughing).” When asked how the stadium has improved the financial outlook of the team, she said, “It means more responsibility. We're more comfortable in a lot of ways, but along with that there are things that we have to be more concerned about. We’re involved in community efforts.” McCaskey, on the Bears’ Lovie Smith and the Colts’ Tony Dungy being the first African-American head coaches in a Super Bowl: “I was a little surprised last week when it became a topic for discussion. I've never thought of Lovie Smith as our black coach. He's our coach. And he has his friend, Tony Dungy, who is the coach of the Colts. But listening to some of Lovie's comments I have come to realize how important it is to him, so it is to me also” (CHICAGOBEARS.com, 1/24).

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