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SBD/Issue 78/Sports & Society
Obama's Love For Basketball Prevalent As He Gets Set For Office
Published January 12, 2009
|Should The NBA Try To Capitalize On
Obama's Passion For Basketball?
A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN: In Orlando, Kyle Hightower asked if Obama's "love for basketball something that the NBA can capitalize on?" It is not as if the league "needs some sort of world economy revitalization," but "when was the last time the United States had a hoops-loving Commander-in-Chief?" For the "first time in a long time a sitting president may actually be sending his congressional attack dogs" to the NBA if the league "gets out of order" (ORLANDOSENTINEL.com, 1/9).
SENATOR STERN: ESPN.com's Jeremy Schaap wrote NBA Commissioner David Stern would be a good candidate for New York's vacant Senate seat, and it is an "easy call" for New York Gov. David Paterson. Stern, who "rescued pro basketball when it was flirting with oblivion, shouldn't be wasting his time on 5th Avenue." Instead, Stern would be on "Pennsylvania Avenue, or on whatever street the Capitol Building is situated." Schaap: "Stern must be shipped off to Washington" (ESPN.com, 1/9).