Quote of the Day
"Scott Boras has a job to do for his clients, and I have a job to do for our clubs."
-- MLB Exec VP/Labor Relations Rob Manfred, on Boras previously asking for more bonus money for high draft picks than the league's "slotting" system calls for (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 6/5).
Lakers-Celtics Finals Begins Amid Heavy Hype
One of the most heavily hyped and eagerly anticipated NBA Finals in memory tips off tonight in Boston, and SI’s Jack McCallum writes, “For a league starved for a meaningful rivalry, these Finals are destined to put forth much joyful noise." Both teams are seeing a significant business boom, with merchandise and ticket sales soaring in L.A., while the turnaround is even more dramatic for the Celtics, who haven’t reached the Finals since ’87. Meanwhile, the league and ABC/ESPN can count on a major rebound from last year’s all-time low 6.2 rating for Spurs-Cavs, but how high the numbers will go will be determined by the length of the series. And while everyone can sense the big build-up, many major-market newspapers say that the current economics have them cutting back on their coverage of the NBA’s championship.
NBC earns a 4.4/7 overnight ratings for Wings' Stanley Cup Finals clincher.
Money For Nothing?
The IOC questions the validity of financials surrounding Chicago's 2016 Olympics bid.
Field Of Dreams
TV coverage helps popularize MLB Draft, but many question the effectiveness of the league's slotting system.
Wind Beneath My Wings
Hooters joins UPS in sponsorship of Big Brown ahead of Saturday's Belmont Stakes.
The Golden Child
Writers, MLS officials see Jozy Altidore's record transfer fee as a good sign for soccer in the U.S.
Look Who's Talking
Will Dan Snyder's acquisition of more DC-area radio stations limit criticism of Redskins?
Univ. of Colorado looking into sale of Folsom Field naming rights.
I Wanna Be A Cowboy
Boras Corp. in dispute over why an Oklahoma State pitcher is deemed ineligible.