Quote of the Day
"He has proven that he's definitely a celebrity, and people are fascinated by him. But I don't think it has carried over to the rest of the league."
-- SI's Grant Wahl, on David Beckham's impact on MLS(K.C. STAR, 9/14).
Reliant Stadium Roof Damaged By Hurricane Ike
The sports world once again is finding itself dealing with a natural disaster, as Hurricane Ike strikes the Texas coast over the weekend. Reliant Stadium appears to be the most impacted facility, as it suffers structural damage to its retractable roof. The postponement of the Ravens-Texans game is forcing the league to alter its schedule on the fly, and there are no guarantees that the stadium will be ready for the next scheduled game in three weeks. However, the NFL, still mindful of the disadvantage it handed the Saints in ’05 after Hurricane Katrina, appears willing to do whatever it can to make sure Houston does not lose a home game. Meanwhile, despite Minute Maid Park surviving the storm mostly unscathed, the Astros move two games in their weekend series against the Cubs to Miller Park. However, the team is bemoaning the advantage the Cubs enjoy at "Wrigley North," as it could have serious implications on the Astros’ Wild Card hopes.
Target putting its name on a second major facility in Minneapolis, signing 25-year deal for new Twins ballpark.
Power To The People
Giants, Jets admit public scrutiny played role in ending stadium naming-rights talks with Allianz.
Delta becomes Citi Field’s second signature partner, close to similar deal with Yankees.
Following The Leaders
More names surface in search for Upshaw's successor, while one former NFLer launches a campaign to promote his candidacy.
As Newcastle's Mike Ashley looks to sell, could another Middle Eastern group join the EPL?
Best Of Both Worlds
New Golden Boy partnership to see boxing, MMA events on same cards.
Thunder & Lightning
NBA off to a roaring start in Oklahoma City as season tickets sell out in five days.