Quote of the Day
"It's time for the IOC to make the Chinese government live up to its word, and to the Olympic charter and spirit. Otherwise, take the Games away from Beijing."
-- Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins (WASHINGTON POST, 3/26).
Red Sox, A's Wrap Up Japan Series
MLB’s latest foray into Japan wrapped up early this morning, and Bud Selig & Co. have to be pleased with the Red Sox and A’s playing in front of another packed house at the Tokyo Dome. Selig hints fans should get used to the international exposure, as he is looking at opportunities to stage a season-opening series in Europe. Some in the States, however, caution the increasing globalization of America’s pastime runs the risk of alienating teams’ longtime fans. But strong business vitals in Japan suggest the league is making inroads in the country. Licensees in Japan have grown tenfold since ’00 and retail sales revenue has nearly tripled during that time, with MLB products becoming trendy among several key demos.
Hoop Dream May Come True
NBA impressed after visit to Oklahoma City, clearing path for Sonics relocation.
NFL, NBC likely to alter season-opener start time to accommodate net's coverage of Republican National Convention.
Remembering How To Ad
Bears hire Two By Four to develop team's first brand campaign in more than a decade.
Keep It Clean
San Antonio to keep bootleg merchandisers, guerrilla marketers away from Alamodome area for Final Four.
France President Sarkozy leaves open possibility of boycotting Beijing Opening Ceremony.
Like A Good Neighbor
Penguins tweak new arena design to assuage neighborhood, city concerns.
Throwing Gas On The Fire
Firestone to sponsor IRL's development circuit; DirecTV near deal to become presenting sponsor of Indy Car.