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Published February 28, 2011
READY OR NOT ... In Phoenix, Paola Boivin notes NASCAR has been "quick to market" Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne. Four hours before yesterday's Sprint Cup Series Subway Fresh Fit 500, Bayne "took Golden Globe nominee Emmy Rossum, who sang the national anthem, for a couple of fast laps around the track." Boivin writes, "It's impressive what Bayne is willing to do before competition. Most pitchers in Major League Baseball won't do interviews on days they start. NFL players are unavailable before games" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 2/28).
REMEMBER THE TITAN: In Nashville, Jim Wyatt reports Jeff Fisher has "accepted the NFL's invitation to assist the competition committee as a consultant." Fisher, who stepped down as Titans coach this offseason, previously served as co-Chair of the committee alongside Falcons President Rich McKay. Fisher said that he "would rejoin the committee as a non-voting member at next month's meeting in Florida." NFL Senior VP/PR Greg Aiello said Fisher might serve as consultant for "some period of time" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 2/28).
BREAK POINT? In a Q&A with the N.Y. TIMES' Joe Brescia, U.S. Davis Cup captain Jim Courier spoke about tennis' popularity in the U.S. and said, "Tennis chose international popularity over U.S. popularity many years ago when the circuit moved more U.S.-based pro events offshore. When the best players participate on U.S. soil four times a year, it’s unlikely to see growth in TV ratings, which is the metric most use to judge the game’s relative popularity. Imagine how the PGA Tour would fare, relatively speaking, if there were only four U.S.-based events each year which attracted the game’s best." But he added, "From a participation standpoint, tennis is at its highest levels in 25 years in the U.S., which is very encouraging" (N.Y. TIMES, 2/27).