Quote of the Day
"The list that was supposed to be destroyed is now destroying reputations one-by-one."
-- ESPN's Brian Kenny, on David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez reportedly appearing on the list of MLBers who tested positive for PEDs in '03 ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 7/30).
Report Of PED Use Hurts
Image Of Ortiz, Red Sox
Another day, another MLB star tainted for testing positive for PEDs in '03. The damage is clear to David Ortiz, one of MLB’s most marketable players, and the Red Sox, a franchise that has largely been immune to these issues over the past few years. But the larger problem continues for MLB, as the more these names continue to drop in the press, the more the league finds itself facing PR crisis after PR crisis. As the WASHINGTON POST notes, the sport "continues to find itself held hostage by a list of names that was never intended to be made public." Players and management are likely braced for more names to hit, but you have to think they are looking for a way to have the names get out now -- ending the unease and uncertainty of what’s next. As for the fans and public reaction? It varies -- many seem immune, but the story still resonates, with top-line coverage in most national dailies and nightly news programs.
Hitting The Breaks
Lowe’s set to drop entitlement of popular Charlotte speedway after 11 years.
Round-And-Round We Go
IndyCar schedule stays at 17 races with little change except no return to ISC’s Richmond track.
Walking The Plank?
Pirates still on defensive; POST-GAZETTE editorial states owners "want to win on the cheap."
Stepping Up To The Plate
After a week to forget, Jeff Wilpon reportedly will take a more public role with the Mets.
Life's A Garden -- Dig It
Cablevision’s spin-off of MSG seen to have little impact on sports entities.
Mexico-U.S. Gold Cup final marks FSC's most-viewed telecast since becoming Nielsen rated.
The Cheese Stands Alone
Packers announce record revenues of $248M for most recent FY, but net income of only $4M as franchise takes major hit on its investments.