Quote of the Day
“I have one goal today and that’s just to make certain that my first press conference isn’t immortalized as one of those beer commercials.”
-- New Colts coach Jim Caldwell, during his introduction to the media yesterday (Mult., 1/13).
Ballpark Funding Causing Headaches For N.Y.
While the Mets have faced scrutiny for their naming-rights deal with Citi, the new Yankee Stadium has become a high-profile target in the debate over public financing of sports facilities, as the Yankees have been unable to get out of the crosshairs of city and state pols targeting the amount of public funding for the park. Today’s N.Y. TIMES reports what "once looked like a gleaming example" of Mayor Bloomberg's "financial skill is suddenly looking like one of his biggest vulnerabilities." N.Y. comptroller William Thompson Jr. yesterday called the financial support a "bad deal for New York," and "at a time when we can least afford it." The story is unlikely to leave the news pages anytime soon. Meanwhile, the team has tabbed Manhattan real estate company Prudential Douglas Elliman to help sell premium seats and luxury boxes at the ballpark.
Vote on 49ers proposed Santa Clara stadium postponed once again, increasing possibility team will be at Candlestick for the longterm.
Out Of Their Fave 5
T-Mobile pulls popular Barkley-Wade commercials in wake of Big Charles' arrest.
The Ruling On The Field Stands
Judge declines to overturn verdict against NFLPA in retirees case; union expected to appeal.
Ask.com signs deal to become NASCAR's official search engine, will sponsor Bobby Labonte's ride for at least 18 Cup races.
Singing The Memphis Blues
Citing the economy, MLB Cardinals bow out of agreement to purchase Triple-A affiliate.
Vancouver faces higher borrowing costs following ruling that 2010 athletes village "tarnished the city's sterling credit rating."
NBA names Magic as league's Team Retailer of the Year for '07-08 season.