Quote of the Day

"We will be pushing more
into tennis and you cannot
get two better people to
get you into that market

-- Viagogo Founder & CEO Eric Baker, on former tennis stars Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi becoming investors in the secondary-ticketing company (LONDON TIMES, 2/5).

Thursday February 5, 2009 Vol. 15 — No. 96 Print This Issue

Top Stories

  • End It Like Beckham?

    Beckham Formally Says He
    Wants To Stay In Italy
    David Beckham has finally voiced what has long been speculated since leaving for Italy last month -- he wants to stay with AC Milan permanently and leave MLS. He admits he enjoys playing "at the highest level" in Italy, adding it will take "quite a few years" for the MLS game to reach a comparable standard. And with Beckham's camp already in talks to secure his release from the Galaxy, it now seems all but certain the club will allow him to depart. Beckham’s arrival in the States in January ’07 was trumpeted as a turning point for MLS, a chance to prove it was on par with other top global leagues. So was the experiment successful? While Becks has helped boost attendance throughout MLS, the PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS' John Smallwood writes the move "must be deemed a failure" as he was "supposed to be a game-changer" for the league.

  • Read All About It
    ESPN prepping major relaunch of its namesake print magazine and ESPNTheMag.com.

    Looking At The Grand Canyon
    While Bettman downplays concerns of Coyotes' future, Paul Kelly paints different picture.

    Designated Driver
    Buick's scaled back sponsorship of PGA Tour stop includes no alcohol in hospitality areas.

    That's The Ticket
    Viagogo secures $15M more in financing, including investments from Agassi, Graf.

    Pumping Iron
    Rooneys in talks to bring on venture capitalist J.B. Smith as another major investor.

    The Man In Black
    Al Davis discusses need for new stadium, says icy relationship with 49ers is a "misconception."

    London Bridge Is Falling Down?
    Phelps, in first public comments since illicit photo was published, says scrutiny may keep him from competing in 2012 Games.

    The Return Of The King
    THE DAILY chats with the legendary Arnold Palmer about the current state of golf.

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