Quote of the Day
“Who runs this tour: Mr. Finchem or I? He’s not going to tell me what tournaments I have to play or not play in. ”
-- Golfer Andrew Magee, on what Tiger Woods may be thinking by skipping the first event in the PGA Tour Playoffs (Golf Channel, 8/20).
Vick To Plea On Monday
The trials and tribulations of Michael Vick touch several aspects of sports business. Much of the attention focuses on what Commissioner Roger Goodell will do. The N.Y. TIMES’ George Vecsey writes the league “has enough on Vick to justify keeping him out of the [Falcons’] uniform, probably forever,” but others say they’d be surprised by a complete banishment. Meanwhile, one Atlanta columnist believes the issue will get “very, very ugly” among the Falcons’ African-American fans, Arthur Blank vows “to be more thorough in looking into players before we sign them," and even Goodell’s wife, Jane Skinner, becomes part of the story, as the Fox News Channel anchor breaks the news of Vick’s plea.
Phil Knight, wife pledge $100M to UO athletic department, paving way toward new arena.
NFLPA hires attorney and noted Clinton adviser Lanny Davis to consult on retired players disability issues; former Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer stands up for metal bats in home of Little League World Series.
Countdown To Kickoff
With nine days to launch, Big Ten Network not making many friends among Midwest columnists.
Replay technology currently used in tennis seeks approval from FIFA for use during English Premier League matches.
After hopes of making inroads in NASCAR, Starter quietly reverses plans for the sport.
Despite criticism from advocacy groups, Bills defend new policy creating separate parking lot for fans with handicapped-parking permits.
On A Roll
Are all the cool kids wearing Converse shoes?
WNBA sees first attendance bump in five years, finishes the season averaging 7,742.