Quote of the Day
"On July 1, you always overpay -- and then it trickles down, and into August,
you get the bargains."
-- Blackhawks GM Dave Tallon, on NHL teams spending more than $380M on free agents during the first day of the signing period (GLOBE & MAIL, 7/2).
Ganassi (l) Parks Franchitti's Unsponsored Ride
In one of the most dramatic signs of the impact of the economy and the shallow pool of sponsors willing to spend on a product that was not delivering, Chip Ganassi Racing makes the surprising midseason move of shutting down Dario Franchitti’s unsponsored No. 40 Sprint Cup Dodge. Franchitti’s arrival was heavily hyped as another signal that a former Indianapolis 500 champion could build a bridge to a new set of race faces and sponsors and grow NASCAR’s base internationally. But even amid that hope, Ganassi could not sign a full-time sponsor for the Cup car. Ganassi: "If I keep going I run the risk of dragging the other two teams down. I don't want to do that. There's no money. It makes no sense to be running this out of my pocket. I had to put a stop to it."
Fueled by Upshaw's reluctance to pick successor, NFLPA Exec Board begins its own search.
NHL teams spend big on first day of free agency despite depleted talent pool.
To Serve & Protect
NBA hires Army Gen. Ronald Johnson to oversee, clean up ref operations; is he the right man for the job?
Clippers' signing of Baron Davis seen as a signal of team's readiness to compete in L.A. market.
Big League Chew
MLB-best Rays finally starting to see box-office results meet those on the field.
A Ripple In Stillwater
Suspended college pitcher Oliver sues NCAA, former advisor seeking to restore eligibility.
Beale Street Buzz
Grizzlies sparking local interest, season-ticket sales again after trade for rookie O.J. Mayo.
Stamp Of Approval
NFL coaches vote Rooneys as top owners, followed by Pat Bowlen, Jerry Jones.