Quote of the Day

"I have absolutely no problem with Smith as the choice. 
And I wanted the job

-- Former NFLPA President Troy Vincent, on the NFLPA player reps rallying behind new Exec Dir DeMaurice Smith (ESPN THE MAGAZINE, 4/6 issue).

Friday March 27, 2009 Vol. 15 — No. 132 Print This Issue

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  • Get On Your Boots

    Amid a busy sports weekend that will see tickets punched for the Final Four and the return of Tiger Woods to the leaderboard for the first time in nine months, Women’s Professional Soccer will hold the league’s debut game Sunday in suburban L.A. The six-team league will attempt to fill the vacancy left by WUSA’s departure in ’03, but it certainly will not be an easy task during the current economic climate. However, WPS officials claim to have a better grasp on financing than its predecessor, and will take growth in small steps instead of giant leaps. The league’s goals are modest coming out of the gate -- an average of 5,000 fans per game will be looked at as a success -- and WPS realizes it needs to embrace new technology such as Twitter to draw in fans. YAHOO SPORTS’ Martin Rogers writes long-term survival will take “smarts, innovation and a healthy slice of luck to smooth its early passage.”

  • Father Figure
    Moorad-led group completes purchase of Padres; Moores will remain team's front man.

    It Takes Two, Baby 
    IOC and USOC take huge step toward ending contentious rights battle, while four cities present bids for '16 Games.

    Villa Real 
    CBS earns 6.8/12 overnight Nielsen rating for Thursday night coverage of Sweet Sixteen.

    Survival Of The Fittest
    If NFL lengthens regular season, NASCAR may have no choice but to change Daytona date.

    Touched For The Very First Time
    Richard Branson's Virgin Media makes big splash in F1 by sponsoring Brawn GP team.

    Easy As A-B-C?
    Lew Wolff, in not-so-subtle words, voices favor for new A's ballpark in San Jose.

    Music To Their Ears
    Franklin American Mortgage assuming entitlement of Music City Bowl in '10.

    Cleared For Takeoff
    AirTran inks Ryan Braun as spokesperson, continuing move into Milwaukee market.

    Establishing A Post Game
    NBA stars embrace the popular Twitter, which gets N.Y. TIMES front-page treatment.

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