Quote of the Day
“It's a chance for you to peel back the curtain 140 characters at a time."
-- Selling for Coaches recruiting consultant Dan Tudor, on coaches using Twitter to connect with recruits (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 6/30).
Fans Enjoy Historical Aspect Of Roof Being Used
A new era has begun at Wimbledon as the retractable roof over Centre Court rolls out for the first time in competition, and what better way to usher in the new era than a five-set thriller featuring local hero Andy Murray. The roof permits the latest-ever finish with Murray claiming victory after 10:30pm local time. Some observers feel officials forced the issue in closing the roof for what turned out to be only 10 minutes of rain, but the momentous occasion ultimately is cheered by media and fans alike. The players, though, offer mixed reviews -- Murray decries the humidity with the roof closed. Still, the roof amplifies crowd noise, bringing Wimbledon near U.S. Open levels of "nocturnal raucousness." Meanwhile, Wimbledon officials more or less admit that looks factor into match scheduling, which explains the relegation of some top female players to the outer courts.
Ron Furman, NFL's most senior sales exec, leaving for top sports sales post at Comcast.
On Pins And Needles
Supreme Court to hear appeal of antitrust case challenging NFL/Reebok licensing deal.
Nothing But A "G" Thing
Gatorade marketing exec Jeff Urban leaves company after 10 years; Turner Senior VP Jennifer Storms named as successor.
Ice Cold Market?
Second-tier NHL free agents likely to face long summer awaiting deals.
Sobieski vodka will have bar, courtside signage at MSG as part of Knicks agreement.
Yahoo Sports leads online sports outlets in unique visitors for May; Fantasy Sports Ventures Network posts biggest gains from last year.
Looking At The Big Picture
Lance's return to Tour de France to be part, but not sole focus, of Versus' race coverage.
Agent Of Change
Drew Rosenhaus to negotiate for NHL Panthers fans in new ad campaign.