Quote of the Day
“These sponsors have no altruistic beliefs. They don’t want to reform China. They don’t give a damn about Tibet. They want to sell product to 1.3 billion people.”
-- Northeast Securities Senior VP John Layfield, on sponsors of this summer's Beijing Olympic Games (Fox Business, 3/26).
Baseball's return to DC takes another step forward Sunday when the Nationals and Braves play the first regular-season game in Nationals Park. WASHINGTON TIMES architectural writer Deborah Dietsch offers a mixed review of the ballpark, noting it "mediates between contemporary and nostalgic stadium architecture without delivering a real 'wow.'" But a WASHINGTON POST editorial calls the park a "beauty," and highlights the project finishing both on time and on budget. Unfortunately for Nationals fans, the neighboring area has not kept pace with the stadium and there "won't be much to do" except catch a game. And while the ongoing parking struggles continue, a favorable stadium deal and eager sponsors could make the Nationals one of MLB's strongest teams financially, with estimates that the new ballpark could boost team revenue by as much as $50M.
Calming The Waters
NHLPA's Kelly downplays Sheehy-Meehan conflict, gets rave reviews in first meeting with player agents.
NFL Films layoffs may indicate shift in league's, NFL Net's priorities.
Versus President Gavin Harvey discusses ideas, business aspirations.
Worldwide Leader Of The Pack
ESPN.com leading movement to curb growth of online ad networks.
Change Of Serve
BBC's new Wimbledon deal designed to overhaul net's coverage of event for digital age.