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This Week's Newsmakers: Costas Helps Land McGwire Interview
Published January 15, 2010
THE DAILY each Friday offers our take on the performances over the past week of people and entities in sports business. Here are this week’s newsmakers:
WIN: BOB COSTAS -- MLB Network snags the first televised sit down with Mark McGwire in the wake of the slugger’s steroid admission thanks to the venerable baseball broadcaster. Costas’ boss, MLB Network President & CEO Tony Petitti, says the interview “doesn't happen without Bob.” And Costas acquits himself well, asking tough questions and receiving mostly solid reviews for his performance.
ManU Reveals Plans
To Ease Franchise's Debt
DRAW: MARLINS -- The penny-pitching club pledges to spend more on its on-field product after being called out by MLB and the MLBPA for not spending enough of its revenue-sharing income on player payroll. While the move may have proven embarrassing for the team, it will be welcome news for baseball fans in South Florida who long to see the club open its coffers to retain star players. And the Marlins have made good on their commitment only two days after the announcement, signing P JOSH JOHNSON to a four-year, $39M deal.