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"We won the championship. We're drinking champagne, but we have 14 guys grinding it out at a ballpark trying to watch it on their cell phones. They are the ones missing birthdays and their son's first Little League game" – Nationals President of Baseball Operations & GM Mike Rizzo , ...

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09/03/98
THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY TURNSTILE TRACKER

Today: MLS Attendance through August 31. ''98 YEAR-TO-DATE   COMPARISONS TEAM DATES AVERAGE TOTAL % CAP ''97 AVG. % +/- Los Angeles 13 23,708 308,208 90.8% 21,066 +12% Chicago^ 12 20,028 240,330

Tags: MLS, The Back of the Book

09/03/98
ESPN.COM HOPES TO STAY AHEAD OF THE PACK WITH NEW RELAUNCH

ESPN Internet Ventures relaunches ESPN SportsZone today as ESPN.com, which will serve as a gateway to other ESPN Network services, offer more integrated programming and quicker access through pages th

Tags: ESPN, NASCAR, NBA, NFL, Media, Walt Disney

09/03/98
MARKETPLACE ROUND-UP

The USOC and SLOC named Swingster a premium licensee to distribute apparel, business gifts and promotional products to USOC and SLOC sponsors and suppliers through 2004. Swingster has also created a s

Tags: Eastman Kodak, Minnesota Vikings, NFL, PepsiCo, SLOC, USOC

09/03/98
ESPN TOUTS RATINGS JUMP OVER '97, BOOSTED BY HOME RUN DERBY

ESPN''s "Sunday Night Baseball" telecast last Sunday between the Cardinals and Braves earned a 5.0 rating, representing 3.676 million households, the best ratings and viewership in the nine-year histo

Tags: Atlanta Braves, ESPN, MLB, Nielsen, Media, Time Warner, Walt Disney

09/03/98
HUIZENGA THE FOCUS OF POLITICAL MUD CAMPAIGN IN FLORIDA

In FL, WAYNE HUIZENGA has become the state''s "newest political bogeyman," according to Steve Bousquet of the MIAMI HERALD. The Coalition for Family Safety has used him as a "political weapon," descri

Tags: Miami Marlins, People and Pop Culture

09/03/98
THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY: WNBA AT MERCY OF REVIVAL GROUP?

The WNBA "would like to hold" its first All-Star Game at MSG next summer, but the facility has been booked by Revival Ministries Int''l for a "marathon six-week crusade" scheduled to begin on July 7,

Tags: Cablevision, Leagues and Governing Bodies, Madison Square Garden, New York Knicks, New York Liberty, NHL, Sports Illustrated, Time Warner, WNBA

09/03/98
LEAGUE NOTES

In the FINANCIAL TIMES, Betts & Harverson write that Tuesday''s deal between Italy''s four "biggest" soccer clubs -- Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Napoli -- and Canal Plus indicates that "power

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, USTA

09/03/98
FALL READING: JENKINS, MADDEN AND STEINBERG OUT WITH BOOKS

Sportswriter and author DAN JENKINS has written his latest novel, "Rude Behavior" (Doubleday, $24.95), which features protagonist Billy Clyde Puckett from "Semi-Tough." Puckett, a retired QB, abandons

Tags: NFL, People and Pop Culture

09/02/98
EXPOS' EXTENSION OF GUERRERO DEAL COUNTING ON NEW BALLPARK

The Expos signed second-year RF Vladimir Guerrero to a five-year, $28M contract yesterday, "the richest contract in club history," according to Jeff Blair of the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL. Expos GM Jim Bea

Tags: Franchises

09/02/98
SPORTS MEDIA CONSULTING FIRM SEEKS SENIOR STAFF MEMBER

Prominent sports media consulting firm seeks to hire a senior staff person to assist in the development of a new sponsorship valuation practice. Minimum of four years experience in marketing sponsorsh

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