Quote of the Day

"The gentleman is a good man. He still works for me. We didn't shoot him or anything like that"
-- SMI Chair & CEO Bruton Smith, on an engineer who authorized changes to Bristol Motor Speedway without his approval. ((ESPN.com, 3/22))
Friday March 23, 2012 Vol. 18 — No. 138 Print This Issue

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  • Revved Up

    Sunday will be first IndyCar race since Wheldon's death in Las Vegas on Oct. 16

    The '12 Izod IndyCar Series kicks off Sunday with the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, and while the basic core group of teams, drivers and tracks returns to the sport -- "led by four-time series champion Dario Franchitti and Target Chip Ganassi Racing and anchored by the Indianapolis 500 -- just about everything else is new," according to John Oreovicz of ESPN.com. IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard is "hoping that the 'new' factor for 2012 results in the addition of a complimentary word: Improved." Improved performance from the "new cars and engines." Improved safety. Improved television "ratings and attendance." But most importantly, "improved visibility and impact for Indy car racing as it fights for its place in the 21st century sp ...

  • Friar Tucked

    Moorad's decision to step down as Padres CEO leaves questions about long-term ownership of the team.

  • Pick A Card

    Topps in May will launch a card set featuring Broncos' Peyton Manning, Jets' Tim Tebow.

  • On The Green

    TaylorMade-Adams Golf deal part of industry trend of consolidation.

  • On The Up And Up

    Nike profits up 7% in Q3; net income up to $560M.

  • Golden Ticket

    Comcast uses sports properties to take NBCU to the next level.

  • Face Time

    Whan says the LGPA's "approachability" is the key to drawing fans, boosting popularity.

  • Turning The Page

    ESPN's Francona calls first Red Sox broadcast "a little awkward."

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