Quote of the Day
"In a way Farmers Insurance bought the best insurance policy in the history of sports. They are paying a premium and getting an annuity in terms of good will and PR."-- Team Epic Principal Michael Reisman, on Farmers buying the naming rights to AEG's proposed stadium in downtown L.A. (THE DAILY)
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