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Broncos' Marshall Prevented From Carrying Out Obama Tribute
Published November 7, 2008
|Marshall (l) Planned TD Celebration
Honoring President-Elect Obama
DEEPER MEANING: In St. Louis, Bryan Burwell writes of Obama's election, "From Joe Louis to Tiger Woods, from Jackie Robinson to the 1970 Alabama-Southern Cal game that helped change the face of southern college football, sports in no small way helped America get its racially divided mind right for this historic moment" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 11/7). Colts coach Tony Dungy compared the Colts' appearance in Super Bowl XLI against the Bears and coach Lovie Smith, marking the "first two black head football coaches reaching the Super Bowl," to Obama's election as the country's first black President. Dungy said of his accomplishment, "Not even in the same universe, was it? Not even close" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 11/7). In Chicago, Rick Morrissey writes under the header, "Election Sends Right Message To Young Athletes." Morrissey: "What an opportunity there is now, with Obama preparing to move into the White House. Will kids look up from their pickup games long enough to notice? Will they start to reach higher than a basketball rim?" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/7).
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TAX BRACKET: Sports agent Steve Forest said Obama’s plan to raise the capital gains tax from 15% to 20% will have the biggest impact on MLB. Forest: “Baseball right now is out of session, they’re not playing anymore, it’s negotiating time. We’re really talking from (November-January). Any deals that get done than -- signing bonuses, money upfront -- possibly could have an impact when you’re talking about a 4-5% increase on a very large, multimillion deal.” Forest noted the “window is short” to get a deal done, “less than 60 days so it’s important to really do your numbers now.” Forest: “What I want to do is make sure that my clients are protected and get deals. I’m not so much worried about (the capital gains tax rising) than making sure they get the deals and I want to get more money upfront versus later” (“America’s Nightly Scoreboard,” Fox Business, 11/6).
OVER THE AIRWAVES: NIELSEN noted Obama "utilized Sports Programming like no candidate in history," as his campaign spent an "estimated $5[M] on commercials" during the Beijing Olympics. In '08 there have been 7,416 "Obama for President" ad units in live sporting events, and 1,081 during the NFL season alone. Sports remains "one of the last bastions of live television, giving politicians a better chance their 30-second spots aren't bypassed in a DVR World," and the "huge ratings that sporting events receive also provide a platform to speak to a wide ranging constituency of Republicans, Democrats and Independents" (NIELSEN.com, 11/6). In Las Vegas, Richard Eng writes horse racing "could learn a lot" from Obama in "trusting the intellectual use of technology to promote a cause" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 11/7).
YOUTH VOTE: MLS Seattle Sounders FC co-Owner Joe Roth sees soccer as “appealing to the same fast-growing demographic groups that have been at the center” of President-elect Barack Obama’s campaign. Roth: “The way America is changing in its ethnicity -- becoming more Latino and African American -- is going to make soccer a major sport in the same way those ethnic shifts are helping Obama. Soccer's fastest growth is in liberal, better-educated cities, places like Seattle, Portland, Boston, Vancouver, Montreal and Los Angeles. All you have to do is look at the MLS crowds -- they're young, they're noisy and they're not that different from the youthful spirit you'd see at an Obama rally” (LATIMES.com, 10/31). Ari Fleischer Sports Communications President Ari Fleischer said he is "keenly cognizant of what Barack Obama just showed America about how to organize and promote through the power of young people” (THE DAILY).
MILESTONE MOMENT: In N.Y., Brian Lewis reports each NFL Giants player spoken to acknowledged Obama's election "as a milestone in American history," and several players "admitted to being very emotional seeing the first African-American president." Giants DE Justin Tuck: "I was emotional. It's a great feeling, it's a long time coming, but everybody needs to understand Barack isn't a savior. Everybody's looking at it like he's going to save us, but he's got a lot of work to do. He was trying to convey that to American in his speech" (N.Y. POST, 11/7). Rutgers women's basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer said of Obama's election, "I cried a lot. ... I didn't realize I had so much emotion. But I was so proud of him, proud of America" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 11/7).