|•||Padres Set To Close On Moorad's Purchase Of One-Third Share|
|•||Reps For '16 Games Bids To Give Presentations At Sportaccord|
|•||Oscars Moved Back To March To Accommodate '10 Olympics|
|•||Labor Talks Hover Over Construction Of Truman Sports Complex|
Representatives from Chicago, Madrid, Rio De Janeiro and Tokyo will be in Denver today, where they will "make their cases for hosting" the '16 Games before the IOC Exec Board and other int'l sports officials as part of the Sportaccord conference. Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Chicago 2016 Chair Pat Ryan will be on site as part of the city's bid delegation and will take part in a 20-minute presentation before a gathering of officials (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 3/26).
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has set Sunday, March 7, as the date for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards, moving the event to March to "avoid colliding with the Closing Ceremony" of the '10 Vancouver Games. Since '04, the Oscars "have generally been held on the last Sunday in February." This year's event was held on February 22 (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 3/26).
LABOR ISSUES EMERGE IN CONSTRUCTION OF TRUMAN SPORTS COMPLEX
The Jackson County (MO) Sports Complex Authority today will hold an emergency meeting to "discuss the labor issues" surrounding the Truman Sports Complex. Contracts with local carpenters and ironworkers unions expire Tuesday, and the groups are "locked in contract talks with the Builders Association." County officials said that they did not think the negotiations "would delay opening the baseball and football stadiums" at the complex (K.C. STAR, 3/26).
The Irving City Council today will vote on whether to pay Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. more than $710,000 to plan the demolition of Texas Stadium. The Cowboys are "slated to be moved out" by Monday as they "set up home" in their new stadium in
MLB.COM SET TO CONDUCT FREE PUBLIC BETA PREVIEW OF NEW MLB.TV PLAYER
By Eric Fisher, Staff Writer, SportsBusiness Journal
MLB.com today will conduct a free public beta preview of its new MLB.tv player for the Yankees-Phillies Spring Training game at 1:05pm ET. The video player, built in conjunction through MLBAM’s new partnership with Adobe, features higher resolution and DVR-type functionality.
Longtime N.Y. baseball writer and exec Arthur Richman died yesterday in his sleep at age 83. Richman was a basbeball writer for the New York Daily Mirror until the paper folded in '63. He joined the Mets as a publicist and worked for the club for 25 years until moving to the Yankees in '89, where he held positions of Senior VP and Senior Advisor in the media relations department (Yankees).
A source indicated that former Knicks coach Isiah Thomas had "recent talks" with Clippers Owner Donald Sterling and GM and coach Mike Dunleavy about a "potential personnel job" with the team (N.Y. POST, 3/26).
Sports columnist Greg Couch is leaving the
|Kim Clijsters Today Expected To |
Announce Return To Competitive Tennis
Tickets for the NCAA men's basketball South Regional at FedExForum go on sale at 10:00am CT. The event "had been labeled as 'sold out,' but one or more of the participating schools" returned some of its ticket allotment (
Kim Clijsters today is expected to announce her return to competitive tennis. Sony Ericsson Open Chair Butch Buchholz said, "The WTA could use her. She's just a great ambassador for the sport" (
“I would hope that someone would provide me with an armed escort out of the building on the way to the airport after making those remarks” – NBC Sports & Olympics Chair Dick Ebersol, after saying the USOC should make some form of accommodation in its ongoing revenue-sharing dispute with the IOC (THE DAILY).
“This type of event is important to our advertisers and to our premium clients. The economic benefit is not really within our four walls but all around the city” – TD Banknorth Garden President John Wentzell, on the venue hosting NCAA Tournament games this weekend (BOSTON HERALD, 3/25).
“Xanadu is the epic discretionary story. It’s the epicenter of ‘not needed’” – Consulting firm Davidowitz & Associates President Howard Davidowitz, on the complex having plans for a skydiving simulator, an indoor wave pool and a 286-foot Ferris wheel (TIME, 3/30 issue).
“Everyone makes mistakes, but he has to show that genuine remorse in his ability to be a positive influence to correct things that he did wrong publicly” – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, on what Michael Vick must do before he is reinstated into the league (USA TODAY, 3/26).
“We’re not going to do a seven- or eight-year contract with one of Scott Boras’ pitchers or anybody like that because we don’t believe in that” – Rangers Owner Tom Hicks, on plans to look for a marquee pitcher next season (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 3/26).
“The economic climate has got to be taken into consideration; you just aren’t going to have the huge spectacle that
A LIGHTER BUZZ….
|Kornheiser Appears On NBC's "Today" |
To Discuss Lauer's Bike Accident
Lauer: “I’m sorry, it wasn’t Rock Creek Park where you live, and I didn’t say it attacked. I didn’t say a knife-wielding deer jumped me out of the bushes.” Kornheiser said “our favorite theory” as to how Lauer was injured was “Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Spring Break and something goes terribly wrong.” Lauer: “I’m just happy I did something to be worthy of ‘PTI’” (“Today,” NBC, 3/26).
The Phillies, Aramark and Global Spectrum will host a media event at
The American Advertising Federation will host the 60th annual Advertising HOF luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria in N.Y. Late Coca-Cola CMO Chuck Fruit is part of the induction class.
Ducks D Bret Hedican and his wife, figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, will appear at the
76ers F Elton Brand will read to a group of about 50 children at the Philadelphia Public Library at 4:00pm ET, while G Kareem Rush will be at the Wilmington Free Library and G Royal Ivey will be at the Camden Free Library.
The CBC has told employees that “it will cut about 800 jobs in an effort to save [C$171M] amid a flagging economy that has seen advertising revenues plummet.” The network also hopes to sell C$125M in assets “in order to raise crucial short-term cash” (GLOBE & MAIL, 3/26).
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution plans to lay off “nearly 30% of its news staff and scale back its delivery distribution area” as part of expected cost-cutting moves (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 3/26).
A European Union court has rejected A-B InBev’s claim to register “Budweiser” as “an exclusive Europe-wide trademark.” Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar registered the “Budweiser” name with the EU trademark agency in ‘91 (AP, 3/25). The two brewers have been haggling over the “Budweiser” name since 1911.
THE BACK PAGES….
The Morning Buzz offers today’s back page sports covers from some of the nation’s major metropolitan tabloids:
N.Y. Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News
Last night’s “Final Jeopardy!” category was “Authors.”
“In 1865 he wrote the line ‘You're nothing but a pack of cards!’”
CBS’ David Letterman: “It's Spring here in
NBC’s Jay Leno: “Last night President Obama went on primetime TV and urged the nation to be patient. He said, ‘American Idol’ will be back tomorrow. Don't worry about it.’ People were mad that the President preempted ‘American Idol.’ They were mad. I mean, halfway into the news conference, fans called in and tried to vote him off. … How many watched the President's news conference last night? He got a little testy there, you know. When he was asked why he waited three days to speak out against the AIG bonuses, President Obama said he likes to know what he's talking about before he speaks, so yet another reversal of the Bush policies. … Police in
LATE NIGHT LAUGHS:
Last night’s Top Ten list was “Top Ten Signs You Work For A Bad Company” (“Late Show,” CBS, 3/25).
|10) “Workday begins with a pledge of loyalty to Kim Jong Il.”|
|9) “If you haven’t used your sick days, they infect you with tuberculosis.”|
|8) “They claim an excellent rating from the ‘Better Bidness Bureau.’”|
|7) “Only office perk is free oxygen.”|
|6) “Instead of raises, everyone is given raisins.”|
|5) “CEO recently advised employees to fake their deaths and move to |
|4) “Blew $40(B) in government bailout funds on a state-of-the-art taco bar.”|
|3) “You spend a lot of time opening for Deep Purple (sorry, that’s a sign you work for the band Bad Company).”|
|2) “Corporate logo is a handcuffed executive being put in a police cruiser.”|
|1) “Company gave George W. Bush $7(M) for his memoirs.”|
|Kournikova Plays Fallon In Beer Pong |
During "Late Night" Appearance
Last night’s edition of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” featured a “game show” where contestants must identify a sound. After hearing glass break, a President Bush impersonator correctly answered, “That’s the sound of A-Rod getting to second base with himself in the mirror.” The photo of Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez staring at himself in a mirror that appeared in Details magazine was then shown (“The Tonight Show,” NBC, 3/25).
“Who was Lewis Carroll?”
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