Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner continues to
criticize next year's schedule that would have his team play
two, three-game series against the Mets: "If [MLB
Commissioner Bud] Selig isn't careful, he will disintegrate
the traditional rivalries of baseball" (N.Y. POST,
7/17)....Selig said he "supports" the idea of "someday"
putting an MLB team in Mexico. Selig: "I like the idea.
There's no question we have to take this game international
in a myriad of ways. Does that mean putting a team in
Mexico? Ultimately" (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 7/16).
CART NUMBERS: In Toronto, Gayle Macdonald examines
sponsor support of CART's Molson Indy, which will be held
this weekend and is expected to draw 170,000 fans. Although
more than two-thirds of the spectators at the Molson Indy
site are male, the "female participation rate is slowly
growing." Of the men, 51% are in the 26-to-44 age group,
and more than 35% of attendees make over C$75,000 a year.
Macdonald: "All this spells major purchasing power, which
has brought a new breed of sponsor" (GLOBE & MAIL, 7/17).