MLB: CNBC's Don Dahler examined News Corp.'s purchase
of the Dodgers and noted that "a phrase being batted around
to describe what Murdoch will do with the Dodgers is 'take
it global.'" Sports marketing analyst Don Dixon: "They've
got a great opportunity long-range to get fifty, a hundred
times their money back over the relatively near haul"
(CNBC, 10/16)....Although the city of Baltimore "was
willing" to throw a parade for the Orioles, the team turned
down the offer (Baltimore SUN, 10/17).
GENERAL: The MLS Rapids drew 18,452 for Wednesday
night's playoff game, which was the third-highest weekday
crowd of '97 (USA TODAY, 10/17).....ESPN's Gary Thorne was
the emcee at a rally yesterday in Columbus, OH, which
launched the sale of PSLs for that city's expansion NHL
franchise (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 10/16).