Quote of the Day
“It's amazing what you can put on a stick. It tastes that much better.”
-- Target Field GM of Food Services Pete Spike, on the Twins’ new ballpark featuring concessions like pork chops and walleye on a stick (STAR TRIBUNE, 1/19).
Opening Ceremony Less Than A Month Away
There are just 24 days before the Olympic flame is lit at Vancouver's BC Place, and the activity surrounding the Games is increasing. It appears more sponsors are adopting social media outlets as a way to expand their campaigns' reach. Several TOP sponsors, including Samsung, Visa and McDonald’s, are trying to attract consumers with efforts on Twitter and YouTube. That is not to say that traditional advertising is taking a big hit -- ad sales for NBC’s telecast of the Olympics are on pace to fall in line with the previous two Winter Games. Meanwhile, one topic to monitor is what Vancouver will mean for the legacy of Dick Ebersol. NBC’s Olympics boss is long associated with the event, but with NBC slated to take a loss on the Games -- and future sites less than desirable after ’12 -- it is possible the Olympic momentum that peaked in Beijing could see a considerable waning period.
Ups And Downs
Bucs make dramatic cuts to some ticket prices, while Texans boost costs by average of 7%.
Melbourne Park will add third retractable roof as part of $333M renovation.
Proposed development that includes MLS Wizards stadium could net final approval today.
Now And Laters
A source close to the Pistons refutes report that Karen Davidson has put team up for sale, but an eventual deal remains possible.
There are "positive vibes" stemming from MLS labor talks with CBA about to expire.
All Along The Watchtower
MLBPA reportedly keeping an eye on payroll of Pirates, Rays, Padres and Royals.
Meet The Press
PR experts debate the effectiveness of McGwire releasing steroid admission via the AP.