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This Week's Newsmakers: Costas Helps Land McGwire Interview

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
LOSE: MANCHESTER UNITED -- The EPL club’s financial issues are a hot topic of conversation in England, as figures released this week reveal that while record revenues continue to flow in, the team is plunging deeper into debt. The club reveals plans for a bond issue to ease the franchise’s debt load, and the GLAZER family sends team officials out to cities around the globe attempting to attract investment in the club. The embattled owners also incur more media and fan wrath by floating the idea of selling the team's legendary Old Trafford stadium.

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.

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