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Volume 26 No. 179
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Marketplace Roundup

USA Triathlon and USA Cycling have created a joint membership, offering a combined membership for $99, about 25% cheaper than buying them separately. Along with the combo membership, the two NGBs will collaborate on promotional and educational programs for participants in both sports, and create content designed for those who wish to cross over (Ben Fischer, THE DAILY).

MANAGER OF MANY TALENTS: In Chicago, Paul Sullivan notes Cubs manager Joe Maddon is "starting so many ventures -- including the beer, a family pasta sauce and a soon-to-be-open restaurant with his name attached -- without knowing if he'll be managing in Chicago after this season." Maddon is a "celebrity manager, and he's using that status to help fund his charitable foundation, Respect 90," which is a "laudable effort." Maddon said that he "wants to return" to the Cubs beyond this season, but with regard to his new projects, he "doesn't think it should matter if he's here or not" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 4/25).

HAND-ME-DOWNS: Saints coach Sean Payton said that his "shoe collection has improved in the past year" since Saints WR Michael Thomas signed a deal with Jordan Brand. Payton said that both he and Thomas "wear size 13 shoes, and that similarity has helped the coach be the recipient of some impressive gifts." Payton: "He's got a pretty good shoe deal, different than any coaches have" (NOLA.com, 4/23).