Quote of the Day
“I’d rather win than make more money. I’ve got money.
I’d rather just win.”
-- Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban, whose team has lost money in eight of the 10 seasons he has been with the club (DALLASNEWS.com, 4/23).
A Forecast Of Scattered Crowds
MLB Teams Already See
Economy Hurting Sales
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig this offseason warned of a steep drop in attendance this year due to the economy, and less than three weeks into the season, it appears his foreboding words are being fulfilled. The Giants draw their smallest crowd in the 10-year history of AT&T Park yesterday, and the Pirates see two games this week rank among the lowest attended at PNC Park. Dismal April weather can be blamed for part of the low turnouts, but it is safe to say teams will keep an eye on how, and if, these numbers rebound heading into summer. The Yankees’ battle to sell their four-figure luxury tickets has been well documented, but the multitude of empty seats within range of TV cameras is now being called an “embarrassment.” But MLB is not alone -- the Jazz still have seats available for tonight’s home playoff game against the Lakers, and Roger Goodell says the NFL is “sensitive” about keeping ticket prices reasonable.
Firing The Opening Salvos
Billy Hunter willing to meet over NBA CBA, but not convinced major changes needed.
Footwear companies shying from NFL Draft prospects, as zero deals have been inked.
Getting The Green Light
BET orders 10 episodes of series highlighting NASCAR Drive For Diversity drivers.
Breaking The Ice
NHL, NHLPA execs grant meetings with group pursuing second team in Toronto area.
Dustin Pedroia the latest Boston-area sports star to be focus of Dunkin' Donuts campaign.
Strutting Down The Cat Walk
Jaguars introduce new uniforms, simplify options to two primary looks.