Quote of the Day
"I can see the ball just fine without that. Unless, of course, you obscure it with some yellow streak that turns green if in fact the ball goes over the wall."
-- ESPN's Skip Bayless, on the net's use of Ball Tracker during last night's Home Run Derby ("First Take," ESPN2, 7/14).
All Eyes Turn To St. Louis For All-Star Game
Fresh off a ho-hum Home Run Derby, MLB continues its Mid-Summer Classic in St. Louis with a continued focus on cause marketing and charity giving. Tonight’s game is already being hyped by the appearance of President Obama throwing out the first pitch, while Fox is promoting “heartfelt messages” from all five living presidents during its pregame broadcast. This comes after a record $665,000 donation from State Farm, the title sponsor for last night’s event, to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. In other MLB news, Bud Selig remains committed to having the All-Star Game determine home-field in the World Series; league-wide attendance is down 5.9% at the break; NEWSDAY offers a mid-season review of the two new ballparks in N.Y.; and Michael Weiner promises to maintain player consensus if named MLBPA Exec Dir.
Judge frees GM from spending millions on marketing, sponsorship agreements.
At Their Beck & Call
Beckham, Garber claim star player is committed to MLS, but will fans believe the hype?
Need For Speed
Celeritas Management acquires marketing, venue signage company ANC Sports.
Donning A New Hat
ESPN taps longtime sports producer Don Ohlmeyer as network's third Ombudsman.
The Next Chapter
Potential Cubs bankruptcy filing "could be the last piece ... to fall in place" for the Ricketts family's acquisition.
Dana White says UFC is "at war" with EA Sports as he details how deal was not completed.
Open For Business
Open Sports to build, operate fantasy sports portal for FoxSports.com.