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SBD/January 28, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Published January 28, 2013
NEGLECTED CLASSIC: With the third World Baseball Classic taking place this spring, in Philadelphia, Bob Brookover wrote, "We certainly love baseball more than soccer as a spectator sport, but a lot more people get excited about the World Cup than they do the WBC.” The reason is that “we know the game of baseball so well." Brookover: "We know when the best players aren't involved. We know we don't want to watch Team USA play Italy. We know it's not really the best possible baseball when starting pitchers are on a pitch count” (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 1/27). In Toronto, Richard Griffin wrote MLB players “should embrace the Classic, because this is as good as it will get for baseball.” The USA treats the WBC “quite poorly while everywhere else in the baseball world has greeted it with enthusiasm.” That “needs to change” (TORONTO STAR, 1/27).
TWO-HANDED SLAM DUNK: ESPN’s Bill Simmons said the NBA has "never had a rivalry" like Heat F LeBron James and Thunder F Kevin Durant, and the two can “carry the league.” Simmons: “They’re doing things statistically we've never seen and there's nobody like them.” ESPN’s Jalen Rose said if James and Durant “continue to meet each other” in the NBA Finals, “that’s going to be something special for the league.” ESPN’s Magic Johnson said, “These two guys have to guard each other so I think that's going to be special in itself.” He added, “They're going to carry this league, and they have a hell of a supporting cast” (“NBA Countdown,” ABC, 1/27).