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NASCAR Sprint Cup Events Estimated To
Have Drawn 246,800 Fewer People Than In '08
THE PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE 500: The White House honored NASCAR yesterday, with President Obama saluting '08 Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and several other current and former drivers. ESPN2's Dale Jarrett said the event "says a lot about our sport that they take the time and have the opportunity here for us to be recognized as champions." An event like the one at the White House gives NASCAR "an opportunity to get our sport out there in front of a lot of people that maybe don't pay a lot of attention at times." Obama after the ceremony said he would "love" to attend a NASCAR race. Obama: "I was supposed to do it during the campaign, but we just ended up having to travel too much and we weren’t able to devote the amount of time that I wanted to. Hopefully sometime during my presidency I’m going to get out there" ("NASCAR Now," ESPN2, 8/19).
TURN LEFT, BUT LEAN RIGHT: POLITICO.com’s Kenneth Vogel noted the 17 drivers invited to the White House “have given a total of $113,625 in federal campaign contributions since the early 1980s, all of which went to Republican candidates and party committees” (POLITICO.com, 8/19). FOXSPORTS.com’s Lee Spencer noted driver Bill Elliott, “who was on his third trip to the White House, didn’t feel the warmth he experienced during the Bush administration” at yesterday's festivities. Elliott: “They weren’t very personable. Bush took us in the oval office. This seemed a bit rushed.” But driver Juan Pablo Montoya said of visiting the White House and meeting President Obama, “It was pretty cool” (FOXSPORTS.com, 8/19).
Goodell Says NFL's Intention Is To
Reach New Labor Agreement
CONDUCT UNBECOMING: San Diego Union-Tribune writer Brent Schrotenboer Tuesday noted NFL players have been arrested more than 400 times since '00, but he said the arrests have not "impacted business at all." Fox Business' Stuart Varney: "Here's what I hear from a lot of people: It doesn't matter what you've done off the field, if you win on the field you're okay." Meanwhile, Goodell said the NFL's personal conduct policy has "impacted the rate of arrests." Goodell: "Before that policy was instituted, we had 79 arrests in the previous year. Year-over-year since then it's gone down 20%. The crackdown has made a difference" (Fox Business, 8/18).
Jocketty Voices Support Of Earlier
Deadline For MLB Draft Pick Signings
THE BUCK STOPS HERE: In Daytona Beach, Dave Markowitz writes, "All the talk about how the draft must change is just another way of saying ... that baseball teams again have to be saved from themselves. All the entrepreneurs and corporations that comprise the ownership of baseball's 30 teams can accumulate millions and millions of dollars in the business world, but in the baseball world they suddenly have to be taught the meaning of a buck." Markowitz: "Teams want slotting ... because it takes away all the bargaining and all the risk of contract negotiations. Too bad the players don't have someone to absorb the risk for them" (NEWS-JOURNALONLINE.com, 8/20).