Quote of the Day
"It made it feel almost
as bad as being in the
Gulf Coast League."
-- Nationals P Scott Olsen, who pitched for the Marlins from '05-08, on the lack of fans attending Marlins games(MIAMI HERALD, 4/8).
The IOC is leaving Chicago after spending the last six days examining first hand the city’s bid for the 2016 Games, and early signs indicate the Windy City made a positive impression on the group. IOC Evaluation Commission Chair Nawal El Moutawakel says the group is heading home “with a very strong impression that the bid is a strong one.” Chicago 2016 continually rolled out the red carpet during the visit, including the use of star power provided by Oprah Winfrey and Hillary Clinton. However, while El Moutawakel notes the strong public support in Chicago’s attempt to land the Olympics, not everyone is on the same page. One critic says he “never felt a groundswell from the common people." Also, the lack of a blanket guarantee for governmental assistance in covering cost overruns -- something the other three bid cities all promote -- continues to be a potential stumbling block.
On The Clock
Fox intent on starting World Series games earlier; source says they could begin as early as 7:50pm ET.
Just a month after it seemed like a done deal, Prince George's County votes not to move forward with MLS stadium plans.
Yo Ho Ho & A Bottle Of Rum
Cubs, Diageo partner to open new year-round Captain Morgan Club at Wrigley Field.
Continuing a tournament-long trend, NCAA women's title game draws fewest fans since '04.
Stan Kasten goes on Philly radio and invites Phillies fans to DC for upcoming series.
Needing A Pit Stop
ISC reports plummeting profits, due in part to advance ticket sales being down 15%.
Tecate signs sponsorship for English and Spanish-language boxing content on ESPN nets.
A Bird In Hand
Orioles baseball execs want to see more of Angelos, who remains a mystery to players.