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Oct 19-23, 2012 Headlines: Guess who’s ready to lead in DC, Politics ‘n’ Sports in high gear, ‘n’ Yanks blame it on the Cuomos?

NFL on FOX: Campaigning for RG3 (Obama ‘n’ Romney Video)

Obama, Romney unite…for RG3

CNN (blog)   Sun, Oct 21 2012

President Barack Obama and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who both advocate change in Washington, said they see one person doing just that: Robert Griffin III, best known as “RG3.” In a tribute that aired Sunday on Fox Sports, both presidential candidates, speaking in taped appearances, praised the new Washington Redskins star quarterback for having the unique ability of bringing the city together.

Barack Obama And Mitt Romney Will Be On Monday Night Football

SportsGrid   Mon, Oct 22 2012

According to a report from Sports Business Journal, both President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney have reached out to ESPN about appearing on the November 5th telecast of Monday Night Football, when the Philadelphia Eagles will visit the New Orleans Saints. Neither have made many waves on the sports front during this election, but it appears both want to capitalize on the massive television audience MNF (13.8 million per game) draws as a last-minute effort to sway voters. The presidential election is the following day, Tuesday, November 6th.

It’s Obama Versus Romney Among Team Owners as Patriots Face Jets

San Francisco Chronicle   Fri, Oct 19 2012

Bloomberg — Republican Mitt Romney’s favorite football team, headed by a donor to President Barack Obama’s re- election bid, faces a rival Oct. 21 owned by a top Romney fundraiser who’s said he would rather see his candidate than his team win…Patriots owner Robert Kraft has given $5,000 — the maximum allowed under federal election law — to Obama. Jets Woody Johnson not only has funneled the same amount to Romney, he serves as the New York finance chairman for the former Massachusetts governor who is a Patriots’ fan.

Supporters pack Daytona bandshell for Romney and Ryan

CF News 13   Sat, Oct 20 2012

DAYTONA BEACH — …Country music star John Rich from Big and Rich performed for the fired-up crowd. They already heard from State Attorney General Pam Bondi and State Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater. Both begged the audience to spend the next two weeks going to everyone they know to get them to vote for Romney and Ryan. Then the main event took the stage around 9 p.m. Ryan attacked President Barack Obama and praised his running mate. Romney offered the more optimistic viewpoint. “This is a big country with big opportunities and great challenges, and they keep talking about smaller and small things,” Romney said. “We have big ideas. Bold ideas. A strong agenda. We’re going to get America working again! That’s why you’re going to help elect the two of us. We’re going to go to Washington and get this country on track.”

Politics kicks into high gear as Romney, Ryan visit Biketoberfest in Daytona

Orlando Sentinel   Thurs, Oct 18 2012

DAYTONA BEACH — Biketoberfest is back today with the return of thousands of roaring Harley-Davidson riders in their leather and jeans, gearing up for rock concerts and beer. But even the city’s fall motorcycle rally can’t escape the political season. The city is bracing for a unique double-header Friday night, with Biketoberfest at full blast and a political rally by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan…Tom Guest, chairman of the festival development committee, joked that the GOP ticket is coming here because of Biketoberfest. “They want to get the biker vote,” Guest said. “They know it’s a great event and they want to see it.”

A Wedge Between Romney and Ryan? Notre Dame-BYU Football Game

East Idaho News   Fri, Oct 19 2012

(CHICAGO) — Their families may agree on politics, but when it comes to football, the Romney and Ryan families’ college rivalry will be on display this weekend at the Notre Dame-BYU football game in South Bend, Ind.

Two of Romney’s five sons, Craig and Tagg, who are BYU alumni, and Tobin Ryan, a Notre Dame alum and the older brother of Rep. Paul Ryan, will attend Saturday’s football game together at the University of Notre Dame.

“This is probably maybe the only wedge issue between the Romneys and Ryans is tomorrow’s game,” Tobin Ryan told ABC News in a phone interview as he drove from Chicago to South Bend 

Trevor Bauer tweets he is ashamed Barack Obama is president

Los Angeles Times   Wed, Oct 23 2012

Former UCLA star Trevor Bauer, currently pitching in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, sent out a tweet Monday night during the presidential debate that has drawn criticism for its content. He said: “Obama looked childish and petty tonight. I’m ashamed that he is commander in chief of this great nation.” Some people took offense at that, saying that such a statement crosses the line. Bauer followed up his original tweet with a series of tweets defending himself to those who were unhappy with him. “it’s funny. All of them are able to give me their opinion about my opinion, but I’m not allowed to give my opinion lol.”

“Sportfolio” on Bloomberg TV Goes Inside the Political Game of Sports This Wednesday

PRLog   Wed, Oct 23 2012

Rep. Heath Shuler, Political Analyst Matthew Dowd, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman discuss sports issues on the eve of “The Economy Election”

Oct 23, 2012 – What do sports have to do with the upcoming elections? Like virtually every business in America, the support of the sports industry has played a part in supporting candidates and legislation, and has a stake in the outcome of races from the national to the local level. This week’s Sportfolio examines the complex interaction between the multi-billion dollar sports industry and issues confronting voters in November.

Rep. Pelosi cheers World Series-bound Giants

The Hill (blog)   Tue, Oct 22 2012

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), like most politicians, waited until after the presidential debate to cheer for baseball. Pelosi congratulated the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday for winning a spot in the World Series as a result of Monday night’s game, which took place at the same time as the final presidential debate between Mitt Romney and President Obama. TWEET: @NancyPelosi So proud of the @SFGiants. They have great teamwork, the will to win + best fans in all of baseball. Let’s go win the World Series again!

Cuomo Says Don’t Blame Me or Dad for Yankees’ Playoff Failures

San Francisco Chronicle   Mon, Oct 22 2012

Bloomberg — Blame the New York Yankees themselves, not the Cuomo family, for the team’s failure to get to the World Series this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo said. A New York Daily News column yesterday suggested that having a Cuomo in the Executive Mansion hexes the Bronx-based baseball team, which has a record 27 World Series titles. The team has never made it to the World Series in any year that Cuomo, or his father, Mario, was in office. The elder Cuomo served as governor from 1983 through 1994. “I think not playing well in the playoffs is the Yankees curse,” Cuomo

Ohio Senator Introduced Bill To End Blackouts

Cincy Jungle   Fri, Oct 19 2012

Ohio State Representative Robert Hagan introduced House Bill No. 599 this week, which proposes to “ban local sports teams that play in stadiums partially or fully funded with public dollars from ‘blacking out’ televised broadcasts.” Sherry Coolidge with the Cincinnati Enquirer writes: The legislation would prohibit any pro-sports team that regularly plays in a stadium built with money from the state or other political subdivision from entering into a contract that allows for televised ‘black outs’ due to the lack of a certain number of tickets remaining unsold.

Governor Chafee and Red Sox Foundation to distribute first Rhode Island Red Sox Charity License Plate

Redsox.com    Fri, Oct 19 2012

PROVIDENCE, RI – Several hundred Rhode Islanders will be the first in the state to obtain the newly made Rhode Island Red Sox charity license plates…Funds raised from the special plates will help expand the Red Sox Foundation’s Rhode Island Scholarship Award program, which provides college scholarships to Rhode Island public high school seniors. Rhode Island drivers who were among the first 900 to order the plates have been invited to receive them at Mount Pleasant High School in Providence, R.I.  Rhode Islanders expected to participate are Governor Lincoln Chafee, Speaker of the House of Representatives Gordon Fox, State Representative Brian Kennedy, State Senator Maryellen Goodwin, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, Counsel to the Red Sox Jim Skeffington, Red Sox Special Advisor Jeremy Kapstein, and Department of Motor Vehicles officials.

Olympic Exploratory Committee tells Gov. Herbert to go after 2026 Winter Games

Deseret News    Thurs, Oct 18 2012

SALT LAKE CITY — The state’s Olympic Exploratory Committee unanimously recommended Salt Lake City launch a bid to host a second Winter Games, this time in 2026. “Utah’s Olympic legacy is strong and vibrant and ready to provide the foundation for a future Olympic Winter Games,” the committee stated in a 36-page report to Gov. Gary Herbert and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker released Thursday. Lt. Gov. Greg Bell, who served as lead co-chairman of the committee, said he expects the governor and the mayor to give the bid the go-ahead. Their decision is expected sometime in November.

SF Super Bowl bid: How Mayor Lee and Jed York reconciled

San Francisco Chronicle (blog)   Sat, Oct 20 2012

Less than a year ago, Mayor Ed Lee was acting like a jilted lover just trying to move on when it came to the San Francisco 49ers packing up for a new stadium in Santa Clara…But this week, there was the announcement of a reunion…Lee, the 49ers and other civic leaders worked together to successfully earn the right to bid against Miami for the 2016 Super Bowl (and if, for some reason we don’t get it can duke it out with Houston for the 2017 game). Yes, it would be played in the team’s new $1.2 billion Santa Clara stadium, but San Francisco would be named the official host city and the center of pregame activities leading up to the big game. Jed York, 49ers CEO, told The Chronicle, “San Francisco is our home. If and when we win a Super Bowl, the parade will be on Market Street.”

Would a win for Romney in Florida buoy Mack?

Connie Mack bus 

The Gainesville Sun    Sun, Oct 21 2012

DAVIE — Connie Mack IV rolled into his only debate with Bill Nelson in the U.S. Senate race in a large campaign bus that carried much of his political clout. On the side of the bus was his name in large bold letters with a baseball representing the “o” — a none-too-subtle reference to the fact that he has the same name as his great-grandfather, Connie Mack, the longtime manager and owner of the Philadelphia Athletics and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Oct 6-18, 2012 Headlines: Athlete endorsements, VP Candidate football visits, ‘n’ NY/NJ MMA & NCAA Battles

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W Bush with St Louis Cardinals Andre Roberts, Jay Feely, Larry Fitzgerald, Rich Bartel, and Sam Acho

The Cardinals and the Presidents

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W Bush with St Louis Cardinals Andre Roberts, Jay Feely, Larry Fitzgerald, Rich Bartel, and Sam Acho

AZCardinals.com (blog)   Thurs, Oct 11 2012

Larry Fitzgerald has had a chance to be around former President George W. Bush and former President Bill Clinton before — because, you know, that’s how he rolls — but the Cardinals wide receiver and a handful of teammates got a few minutes in with both Wednesday night, an experience they weren’t going to forget. Kicker Jay Feely (who has played golf with Bush, actually), linebacker Sam Acho, wide receiver Andre Roberts and former Cards quarterback Rich Bartel all joined Fitz at the debate/speeches by the former Presidents at the Deutsche Bank Financial Summit. Before the event, for about 20 minutes, the quartet even got to sit and chat with the Presidents, talking “sports and policy,” Feely said. And also about Acho’s background. Fitzgerald went to Africa with Clinton in the offseason to help distribute hearing aids together. The subject came up and Fitzgerald pointed out to Clinton that Acho too had done charity work  in Nigeria…“It was great listening and learning from them,” said Feely, who has talked about his own desire about getting into politics when his football career is over.

Coach Dungy asks Obama, Romney to make fatherhood an issue

Washington Times (blog)   Thurs, Oct 18 2012

Super Bowl-winning football coach Tony Dungy has started an online petition urging President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to make fatherhood a top campaign issue. Mr. Dungy said he was urging both of the major candidates to “put the issue of fatherhood at the forefront of our nation’s attention as you discuss issues publicly in the final stretch of this campaign,” according to a statement on the petition’s website. “Now more than ever, American families need strong leadership. I trust and pray that you agree and will stand with us to make tackling the issue of fatherlessness a priority.”

Obama camp taps NBA, NFL stars

CNN (blog)   Mon, Oct 8 2012

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama’s campaign is tapping into some athletic star power in three new web videos meant to encourage sports fans to register to vote for the president…”It means keeping your eye on the ball and never losing sight of what’s most important,” says seven-time NBA all-star Alonso Mourning. “I believe America is still the greatest country in the world, and I am voting for President Obama.” Current and former NBA and WNBA players Dahntay Jones, Harrison Barnes, Etan Thomas, Kym Hampton, Vince Carter, and Juwan Howard are all shown wearing Obama 2012 basketball jerseys while listing off reasons why they support the president.

NFL Players Join Obama’s Team To Get Out The Vote

Huffington Post   Fri, Oct 5 2012

Three NFL players touted their support for President Barack Obama in a web video released Friday and encouraged viewers to register to vote. Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears (Obama’s team), Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Antoine Bethea of the Indianapolis Colts star in the video. “And the other side is out there, ready to tear it all down,” Jones Drew says. “So are you are going to sit down and let that happen? Or stand up and speak out?” Forte says. “Go to Gottavote.org right now,” Jones Drew says.

New York Giants’ Victor Cruz Makes Play for Obama to get Latinos to Polls

New York Giants Victor Cruz

Fox News   Mon, Oct 8 2012

Stepping away from the field, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has a message he wants to share with the Latino community that has nothing to do with football. Instead Cruz is making a play for President Obama, campaigning for his re-election in a new video targeted towards Latino voters.

Romney counters with his own NFL star, Bengals’ legend Anthony Munoz

Washington Times (blog)   Sat, Oct 13 2012

Mr. Romney has been campaigning throughout battleground Ohio with his own NFL star, Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz, the former Cincinnati Bengal many consider the game’s all-time best offensive lineman…On Saturday afternoon at a rally in Lebanon, Ohio, Mr. Romney drew raucous cheers after acknowledging Mr. Munoz during his stump speech. Mr. Munoz, the only member of the Bengals franchise to be selected to the NFL Hall of Fame, has long been a fixture in conservative politics in Ohio.

Palm Beach NFL Owners Gang up on Obama!

Gossip Extra   Tues, Oct 16 2012

No fewer than three — count ‘em — three owners of National Football League teams are among the organizers of one of the last Florida fundraisers for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney before the November 6 election. Gossip Extra has learned that Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, Washington Redskins part-owner Dwight Schar and New York Jets owner Woody Johnson are among those involved in two big-money anti-Barack Obama events Saturday afternoon in Palm Beach…“It’s a business thing not a sports thing: Every businessman in the country is voting for Romney except those who get subsidies,”  said local Republican boss Sid Dinerstein. “Whether you’re in NASCAR or the owner of the Redskins, you’re not just a successful business guy. You have $1 billion or more.”

Olympic figure skater campaigns for Romney in NH

Auburn Citizen   Tues, Oct 16 2012

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Figure skating champion Scott Hamilton is heading to New Hampshire to campaign for the Romney-Ryan presidential ticket. Hamilton, winner of the 1984 Olympic gold medal and a four-time world champion, will be part of a bus tour Tuesday, with stops planned in Nashua, Rindge, New London, Henniker and Manchester. The campaign says Hamilton will emphasize that the nation needs the kind of leadership Romney showed in saving the 2002 Winter Olympics from massive budget shortfalls.

NBA’s Spencer Hawes endorses Romney

The Hill   Tues, Oct 16 2012

Basketball’s Spencer Hawes (Sacramento Kings) plans to use his height to Mitt Romney’s advantage during the remaining three weeks before the election…this year that he is not a supporter of noted basketball fan President Obama, or of the president’s signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act. When the Supreme Court handed down its ruling that the healthcare reform legislation is constitutional in June, Hawes tweeted: “Ronald Reagan is spinning in his grave. We might as well be in Russia in 1983.”..The Romney campaign earlier this week announced a coalition of “Sportsmen for Romney” that included baseball Hall of Fame’s Wade Boggs and Olympic medalist Kim Rhode, but Hawes was not among them. Members of the Romney campaign re-tweeted Hawes’s tweet on Tuesday.

Mitt Romney praises Detroit Tigers, then hears opposition in Metro Detroit roar

MLive.com   Thurs, Oct 18 2012

DETROIT, MI – Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a Detroit native, appeared to make a kind gesture on Twitter Thursday night after the Tigers beat the Yankees and earned their second trip to the World Series since 2006. He praised the team for their accomplishment; then his political opposition in Metro Detroit appeared to go on attack.  At least 12 of the first 18 responses to Romney’s post left on his Twitter page appeared to share an anti-Romney sentiment. And it was pretty clear by 9:30 p.m. Thursday that negative posts in Metro Detroit to Romney’s message appeared to trump positive ones for his potential presidency. That being said, Romney’s Tigers message – at that time – was “favorited” by users 730 times and re-tweeted 2,615 times.

President Obama meets with Wisconsin basketball team during campaign stop

NBCSports.com   Sun, Oct 7 2012

President Obama likely won’t need much help winning the youth vote in November’s presidential election, but his decision to meet with the Wisconsin basketball team could very well have secured the votes of 16 young men in the Badger State. After a Twitter campaign by forward Zach Bohannon and some convenient connections to the Obama campaign, the Wisconsin team was able to score a few minutes with Obama before a campaign stop in Madison this week.

Poll: NASCAR fans prefer Mitt Romney over Barack Obama by wide margin

SB Nation   Wed, Oct 10 2012

A new poll released Wednesday by the conservative Race Fans 4 Freedom organization indicates NASCAR fans are more unhappy with the direction of the country than other voters and prefer Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama by a wide margin…Romney is preferred by 63 percent of NASCAR fans, while only 34 percent said they prefer Obama (58 percent of the voters surveyed said they are Republicans). Obama has a one-point lead over Romney (49-48) with the general population, the poll found.

 

VP candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, at Doyt Perry Stadium, Bowling Green-Miami University football game, THE BLADE:DAVE ZAPOTOSKY

Crowd greets Ryan at BGSU football game

Toledo Blade   Sat, Oct 13 2012

A cheering crowd greeted GOP running mate Paul Ryan at Bowling Green State University, where he stopped for some tailgating time before today’s football game…where the Falcons were taking on his alma mater, Miami University of Ohio.

VP candidate fumbles QB’s names at Browns practice

FOXSports.com   Wed, Oct 17 2012

Paul Ryan & Browns Left Tackle Joe Thomas

BEREA, OHIO (AP)- On a visit to the Cleveland Browns, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan fumbled. Ryan stopped by the team’s complex with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice – a lifelong Cleveland fan – as the Browns were beginning practice Wednesday. While addressing the huddled players, Ryan confused Browns backup quarterback Colt McCoy for starter Brandon Weeden. As Ryan spoke, it became obvious that while he was looking at McCoy, he was talking about Weeden, the rookie from Oklahoma State who got his first NFL win last Sunday on his 29th birthday. A few of the Browns players began laughing quietly while others looked away before the candidate realized his mistake. ”I think he saw the red (practice) jerseys and got us mixed up,” Weeden said. ”But he’s got more important things on his mind right now than me and Colt. It was a good laugh.”

Nats fever sweeps Congress, K Street

The Hill (blog)  Wed, Oct 10 2012

Politics in the District has competition from baseball on Wednesday as the city hosts a playoff game for the first time in nearly 80 years…D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay took the friendly sports rivalry to Twitter, sending each other Photoshopped images of government buildings with their respective city flags flying over them… “Gang of Eight talks will keep me from Nats Park today, but I’m rooting for the @Nationals in today’s playoff,” Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) tweeted along with the popular hashtag #natitude…Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a big baseball fan, couldn’t make Wednesday’s game either. His office said he is out of the country, but most likely will be getting updates on the game through his iPhone.

San Francisco Super Bowl campaign kicks off with South Bay in the back seat

San Jose Mercury News   Thurs, Oct 18 2012

SAN FRANCISCO — The official campaign to bring the Super Bowl to the Bay Area kicked off Thursday, and it left no doubt which city will be on center stage. Sorry, Santa Clara. At a news conference in San Francisco, Mayor Ed Lee and other city leaders unveiled official marketing materials led by a logo that shows Golden Gate Bridge-style football goal posts featuring the title “SF Super Bowl.” They boasted of the need to bring the “world-class event to a world-class city,” unveiled the website SFsuperbowl.com and had an opera singer belt out “I left My Heart in San Francisco.” “Go San Francisco Super Bowl!” Lee said as he kicked off

Maryland governor, Ravens linebacker team up for same-sex marriage fundraiser

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, left, and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. Steve Ruark—Associated Press

 

Washington Post (blog)   Tues, Oct 9 2012

The second floor of the Baltimore bar (Mothers Federal Hill Grille) was the scene of a fundraiser for the cause that had been billed as a Monday Night Football watch party. Many of the 30 or so attendees — some picked by lottery — turned their attention to the Orioles playoff game instead. The TV cameras in the bar were trained on Ayanbadejo, who came with his young family in tow. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), who is championing next month’s ballot measure to uphold the state’s new same-sex marriage law, was waiting to greet the linebacker. “Awesome of you to do this,” O’Malley, decked out casually in jeans and polo shirt, told Ayanbadejo.

UFC again urges Gov. Andrew Cuomo and ESDC to bring MMA to New York

MMATorch   Thurs, Oct 11 2012

The UFC is continuing their efforts to bring MMA to New York State this week, reaching out to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo this week amidst reports of a new sports division within the Empire State Development Corporation. According to the New York Post, the division would be put in place “to aggressively seek the expansion of professional and amateur sporting events around the state.”

Well, the UFC believes they are one such sporting endeavor that would help boost tourism and the local economies of the cities in which they could run. With that in mind, UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta once again made the case for legalizing the sport in the state.

New Jersey Sports Betting Law Spurs Move by NCAA

New York Times    Tues, Oct 16 2012

The N.C.A.A. is planning to relocate six championships from New Jersey, blaming a new state law there allowing sports betting on collegiate and professional games. The association, which prohibits championships being held in states where gambling on single games is legal, said in a statement released late Monday that the competitions, all planned for next year, would be moved to other locations yet to be determined….The N.C.A.A.’s decision was met with consternation by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who signed the law in January and has called it common-sense public policy. A spokesman for the governor, Michael Drewniak, said in a statement that the law prohibited betting on college games being played in the state or any college game involving a New Jersey team, regardless of where it was played. “The N.C.A.A. wants to penalize New Jersey for responsibly legalizing what occurs illegally every day in every state and often with the participation of organized crime,” the spokesman said. “But the N.C.A.A. looks the other way for that? Ludicrous and hypocritical.”

N.J. Gives Giants Town a Week to Pass Budget, Produce Documents

San Francisco Chronicle   Wed, Oct 17 2012

Oct. 17 (Bloomberg) — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s administration has given East Rutherford, home to the National Football League’s New York Giants and Jets stadium, a week to approve a budget or it may impose one. East Rutherford is the last municipality without a budget out of more than 550 in the state that operate on a calendar year, said Thomas Neff, director of the state’s Local Government Services division. The borough has been locked in a legal battle with the Giants over whether its training center is exempt from a $1.5 million property-tax bill.

Gov. Rick Scott signs youth sports head injury bill at Ponte Vedra High

WJXT Jacksonville   Fri, Oct 12 2012

PONTE VEDRA, Fla. – Florida Gov. Rick Scott visited Ponte Vedra High School on Friday to sign a bill designed to help reduce youth sports head injuries. House Bill 291 requires coaches and others to immediately remove players from a game or practice following a head injury and prevents the student-athlete from returning to competition until the player has been cleared by a doctor. “It is important to remember that as much excitement as we get from our children’s sporting events, safety always comes first,” Scott said.

Quinn, Emanuel Spar Over Governor’s Appointee To Sports Board

CBS2 Chicago   Mon, Oct 8 2012

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Emanuel and Gov. Quinn are clashing over Quinn’s choice to head the agency that finances and runs some major sports facilities. Kelly Kraft, the governor’s pick to head the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, is a former spokeswoman and assistant agency director for his administration. Emanuel says he has nothing against Kraft personally, but says his own appointees to the sports agency have had business and financial backgrounds…Quinn countered that Kraft is a former assistant budget director. He says the mayor and his operatives should stop questioning her credentials.

Lt. Governor wants to see Albany Devils in Atlantic City permanently

Press of Atlantic City   Fri, Oct 12 2012

ATLANTIC CITY — The New Jersey Devils’ mascot and four former players sat in the front row of a news conference Thursday morning at Boardwalk Hall to promote their minor-league club’s four games this season at the historic building. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno hopes the minor-league team decides to make the Hall its home. “I look forward to … maybe some type of permanent association with the farm team,” Guadagno said of the Devils’ minor-league club in Albany, N.Y., which has the lowest attendance in the American Hockey League.

Mayor urges Capitals owner to end lockout

WTOP   Fri, Oct 12 2012

WASHINGTON – D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says he’s asked Capitals owner, Ted Leonsis, to help end the NHL lockout now in its fourth week. “We’ve urged him, whatever he can do, whatever influence he can wield on this, let’s get this over with,” Gray says…But Gray says he’s concerned that any prolonged lockout that erodes further at the season would have a major negative impact on the local economy.

NHL reportedly hires GOP strategist to craft PR campaign

Welland Tribune   Mon, Oct 15 2012

While the NHL and NHLPA work out their differences in a boardroom, the league has hired outside help to find out how the labour dispute is affecting fans. The NHL has hired marketing research firm Luntz Global to perform the research. Luntz Global is run by Frank Luntz, a pollster who has advised the likes of George W. Bush and Stephen Harper. Luntz Global ran a focus group Friday of 30 NHL fans to gauge their reaction to images of hockey and statements related to the league’s labour dispute. According to a report from Deadspin, the focus group was also used to test pro-ownership messages.

St. Louis, San Francisco mayors talking trash, making wagers

CBSSports.com (blog)   Mon, Oct 15 2012

We see this type of thing quite frequently in the NFL, but it seems a bit more rare in baseball. That thing is mayors of two cities (San Francisco and St. Louis) with teams competing for a championship locking horns over their Cardinals and Giants on the Internet. It’s San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee vs. St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay. First, the bet, via sanfranciscosentinel.com:  “The Mayor of the losing city will change his Twitter profile picture to the logo of the winning team for a day. Also, the losing Mayor will send food and beverages traditionally associated with the respective cities so the winning Mayor can invite the community into City Hall for a party to celebrate. Mayor Lee will send dim sum and Anchor Steam Beer. Mayor Slay will send St. Louis barbecue, toasted ravioli and a court of St. Louis brews, led by the King of Beers.”

LB wears Gerald Ford’s number

Michigan linebacker Desmond Morgan awarded the No. 48 jersey (the third jersey Michichigan jersey of former President Ford

ESPN   Sat, Oct 13 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan sophomore linebacker Desmond Morgan was awarded the No. 48 jersey (the third jersey Michigan put back into circulation this season) of former United States President Gerald R. Ford (38th president of the United States) prior to Saturday’s game against Illinois. Ford played at Michigan from 1932 to 1934 as a center and a linebacker. He won two national championships in 1932 and 1933 and was named Michigan’s most valuable player in 1934…Morgan is Michigan’s fourth-leading tackler with 28 and tied for the team lead with four tackles for loss. He has 91 tackles and eight tackles for loss in his career.

Condi Rice, college football mascot

Washington Examiner   Sun, Oct 14 2012

College football fans have produced a new, unexpected mascot: former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. During ESPN’s pre-game coverage of the Notre Dame/Stanford match-up on Saturday, a large cardboard cutout of Rice bobbed in the crowd behind ESPN guest commentator Vince Vaughn. The mystery remains, however, which school was rallying around the secretary — Rice has a long history with Stanford and is currently a professor there, but she also holds a master’s degree from Notre Dame.

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales plays soccer with Peruvian workers in Lima, October 1, 2012. President Morales is in Peru to attend a summit of leaders from South America and Arab states on October 1

August 22-27, 2012 Headlines: Obama: NASCAR rejection, NBA Cash, ‘n’ loss of love

NASCAR speeds by Democratic Convention

Washington Examiner  Mon, Aug 27 2012

It’s the home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame and racing’s spirit, but when the Democrats hit Charlotte, N.C. next week to nominate President Obama for a second term, there won’t be a NASCAR event to herald it. An organization official told Secrets that NASCAR had considered a convention shindig, but nothing is planned now. But that’s not stopping the Democrats from trying to look race friendly. Officials said that the NASCAR Hall of Fame has been rented out for up to 10 parties and receptions.

Obama fundraises with help of his NBA buddies

NBCNews.com   Wed, Aug 22 2012

NEW YORK (AP) – President Barack Obama sees the presidential contest as a clutch moment in his favorite sporting moment – the fourth quarter of a taut basketball game. Fundraising with the help of current and former National Basketball Association stars, Obama told a small group of donors gathered Wednesday night at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center that the current campaign is like the final minutes of a basketball contest with his team up by a few points. Obama raised $3 million with the help of the players, who included former Chicago Bulls player Michael Jordan and former Knicks Walt Frazier and Bill Bradley. NBA Commissioner David Stern also was there. Invoking Jordan’s competitive nature, Obama concluded: “If you have seven minutes to go and you have a little bit of a lead, that’s when you put them away.”

Daley: Chicago should have two NFL teams

CSNChicago.com   Wed, Aug 22 2012

If it were up to former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Illinois would be working toward adding another football team to Chicago to join New York, Florida, Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania and California as the only states with more than one NFL franchise. “I really believe we can get a second football team. Why is it New York has two [teams], Florida has three,” Daley asked Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s David Kaplan during a taping of Inside Look scheduled to air this fall. “San Francisco has two. Chicago loves sports, we could get a second team in here.” “You could build a new stadium, you could have huge international soccer teams coming in, you could do the Final Four, and if you wanted with a brand new stadium, it would be privately funded, the government could help a little bit.”

Former NFL Great Burgess Owens Tells Blacks Not to Vote for Obama

The Right Scoop   Thurs, Aug 23 2012

Burgess Owens gets it. In the clip below he says that the one gift Obama has given us is that we get to see what true in-your-face liberalism looks like, and he hopes that will push more blacks to consider principle and policy over ‘blackness’ when voting. He doesn’t see a big turn around this election, but hopes it will happen over the next few years. He also talks about the the black elite in this country that protects liberals like Joe Biden so that they can say anything they want to, like “we gon’ put ya’ll back in chains!” He adds that they’ve been voting against policies that help black people for years.

George W. Bush visits with SMU football team

FS Southwest   Tues, Aug 28 2012

Courtesy of SMU Mustangs Facebook page

George W. Bush has a building with his name on it opening next year on the Southern Methodist University campus, so it makes sense that the 43rd president of the United States would take some time to visit the university.  According to The Dallas Morning News, the former president was accompanied by secret service agents and briefly met with the team. “I was a little awestruck at first,” Gilbert said. “It was great to meet him and be able to talk to him. He spoke to the team and told us how fortunate we are to be at this university and to be playing football at this university. Sometimes you take stuff like that for granted. It’s great to be reminded that we truly are blessed and fortunate to be here.”

Mayor Johnson gets a taste of IndyCar

Sacramento Bee   Mon, Aug 27 2012

SONOMA – Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson served as the grand marshal of the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma over the weekend, and the former NBA star said he enjoyed his first prolonged exposure to motor sports. “There’s a lot of commonality – great athletes in both arenas,” he said. “This is a really cool sport.”

DC The Sports Junkies regular & former MD Gov Bob Ehrlich & Roberto Coquis discus #sportsnpolitics at the RNC Convention

July 27, 2012 Headlines: Team Owners donations to…, Twitter’s Olympics & Pres Campaign, ‘n’ Michelle in London

Sports Team Owners Send Cash to Presidential Picks

Forbes   Fri, 27 Jul 2012

While the two major sports league PACs have so far taken a bipartisan approach to the 2012 elections, team owners and execs haven’t. The National Football League and the Major League Baseball Commissioner’s Office have split their giving pretty evenly between the two parties, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Romney donors:

Woody Johnson, New York Jets

Marc J. Leder, Philadelphia 76ers

J. Joe Ricketts’s family, Chicago Cubs

Peter Karmanos Jr., Carolina Hurricanes

Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys

James Dolan, New York Knicks

Dean A. Spanos, San Diego Chargers

Dan Snyder and Dwight Schar, Washington Redskins

Obama backers include:

Stephen Pagliuca, Celtics

Robert Epstein, Boston Celtics

Robert C. Pohlad, Minnesota Twins

Robert K. Kraft, New England Patriots

Jonathan M. Tisch, New York Giants

James Lassiter and Michael Rubin, Philadelphia 76ers

Dale Rosenbloom, St. Louis Rams

Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs

Ted Leonsis, Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards 

Twitter Competing in Two Sports: The Olympics and the US Election

brandchannel.com   Fri, 27 Jul 2012

As the Summer Olympics gets underway in London, Twitter — rebounding for a pre-Olympics wobble on Thursday — has launched its London 2012 Olympics hub, driving its user base to jump on the #Olympics hashtag…Twitter is embarking on a high-profile media partnership with Sirius XM Radio to launch a news show called “Politics Powered by Twitter.” The program will serve as a daily digest for SiriusXM’s 22 million subscribers that translates the “Twitter-verse” into a new talk radio format.

Obama campaign touts ‘middle class’ in Olympics-timed ad

The Hill   Fri, 27 Jul 2012

President Obama’s campaign released a television ad Friday touting…”We’re a nation of workers and doers and dreamers. We work hard for what we get and all we ask for is that our hard work pays off. I believe that the way you grow the economy is from the middle out. I believe in fighting for the middle class because if they’re prospering, all of us will prosper,” says Obama in the ad. The 30-second spot is set to air during the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games.

NC ad to slam Obama on economy during Olympics

USA TODAY  Fri, 27 Jul 2012

The Republican National Committee is jabbing President Obama’s handling of the economy in a new TV ad that will run during the Olympics and in markets in key swing states. The ad spotlights Obama’s $800 billion economic stimulus program as the RNC tries to capitalize on a new report on the gross domestic product that shows the U.S. economy was weak in the second quarter. “President Obama may think his economic plan worked, but looking at today’s GDP numbers, it’s clear the president is out of touch,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.

Michelle Obama greets US athletes at London Olympics

Michelle Obama meets members of Team USA at the University of East London. Getty Images

New York Post   Fri, 27 Jul 2012

LONDON — Michelle Obama formally opened her stint as leader of the U.S. Olympics delegation on Friday, attending a breakfast with Olympians and saying she was “just in awe” of their company….”Try to have fun. Try to breathe a little bit,” Mrs. Obama said. “But also win, right?” The first lady had a busy itinerary Friday, including promoting healthy living with more than 1,000 children, a reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace and then the opening ceremony at Olympic Stadium.

Michelle Obama cheers on Olympians and kids at London events

New York Daily News  Fri, 27 Jul 2012

…Later, the First Lady promoted healthy living with more than 1,000 children – most of them from U.S. military families – as well as a suited-up Beckham, Olympic gold-medal sprinter Carl Lewis and ex-NBA star Dikembe Mutombo. The event – part of the first lady’s “Let’s Move!” campaign aimed at tackling childhood obesity – was held on the lavish grounds of Winfield House, the official residence of the U.S. ambassador in London.

Washington’s Influence Olympics: The Opening Ceremony

Center for Responsive Politics   Fri, 27 Jul 2012

This year, there are 53 official corporate sponsors of the Olympics, most of which have a multinational reach. And just about any major company that’s doing business in the U.S. is likely to a have a stake in what’s going on in Washington. Of the 53 Olympic sponsors, 29 have lobbied the federal government since the last Summer Games, even those that are not based in the U.S. In order to break down the lobbying activity of these companies, OpenSecrets Blog has put together its own influence edition of the Opening Ceremony, sorting the sponsors by their home countries to see how they stack up.

THE DELEGATIONS

United States: General Electric, United Parcel Service (UPS) and Dow Chemical, Cisco Systems, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola and Procter & Gamble.

United Kingdom: BP, GlaxoSmithKline, Deloitte,

Germany: Adidas and BMW

Japan: Panasonic

South Korea: Samsung

Netherlands: Heineken, L’arche Green N.V.

Luxembourg: ArcelorMittal

Australia: Westfield Group

Former Navy SEAL’s Anti-Obama PAC Hits The Racetrack

Politicker   Fri, 27 Jul 2012

Special Operations for America, the pro-Mitt Romney political action committee formed by former Navy SEAL Team Six Commander Ryan Zinke will be sponsoring a car at NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis International Raceway this Sunday. FAS Lane racing’s Sprint Cup Series #32 car, which is being driven by Ken Schrader, will sport the SOFA name and logo along with website information and the slogan “Join The Battle.”

Michael Vick Thinks President Obama Has A Point

Bleeding Green Nation   Fri, 27 Jul 2012

Michael Vick tweeted his reaction to President Obama telling Nnamdi Asomugha that he wanted the Eagles QB to start sliding, but yesterday afternoon he had a chance to talk about it further. “I was stunned. I didn’t believe it. It was awesome. It was just one of those things that you hear that’s just hard to believe, but at the same time when you let it all soak in, you think to yourself, ‘Man, he’s got a point.’ If he’s saying it, then I’ve got to do it. So the first run of the year, I’m sliding and you’ll know it’s for him.” It has to be exciting enough that the President of the United States is talking about you, but when he also knows the nuances of your game? That’s pretty cool.

Rick Santorum Blasts NCAA & Freeh Report On Penn State-Jerry Sandusky Sex Scandal

Huffington Post  Fri, 27 Jul 2012

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Penn.) and former 2012 GOP presidential hopeful doesn’t think the Freeh report tells the whole truth on the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. In a radio interview conducted by Dallas-Ft. Worth’s KSKY 660 AM Friday, Santorum did not go into specifics, but criticized the Freeh Report, which investigated the cover up of Sandusky’s crimes. “My concern with the Freeh report… a lot of the conclusions in the Freeh report aren’t matched by the evidence that they presented,” Santorum said.

Congress asks NFL, NFLPA to begin HGH testing in letter

NFL News   Fri, 27 Jul 2012

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith on Friday calling on them to begin testing for human growth hormone (HGH). The letter requests “written assurances” that testing will be in place prior to the 2012 season, noting that it has been nearly one year since the new collective bargaining agreement was ratified.

July 23, 2012 Headlines: Romney HOF, No PA taxes to pay for fine, ‘n’ sports helps/hurts Obama

Mitt Romney Made the Baseball Hall of Fame, Sort Of

New York Magazine   Mon, 23 Jul 2012

Occupy Wall Street and very rich man Mitt Romney have inadvertently teamed up to make baseball history. Sitting in the hallowed halls of the Cooperstown museum these days is the uniform of a theatrical protest troupe called the Tax Dodgers, a “team” that debuted along with a giant Mitt — get it?…the Occupy group “have been included in the Hall of Fame Museum not because of their political content but because they reflect baseball’s prominent place in the national landscape.”

Sen. Casey backs NCAA sanctions against Penn State

Delaware County Daily Times   Mon, 23 Jul 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bob Casey said Monday he supports the NCAA sanctions against Penn State and the removal of a statue of longtime football coach Joe Paterno in the aftermath of the scandal surrounding Jerry Sandusky’s child sex abuse conviction.

”The sanctions were tough but I think necessary,” he said at a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon. “Even people beyond the state are terribly disturbed by what happened.”

Corbett Says Taxpayers Won’t Pay Penn State Fine, Paterno Family Furious

iradiophilly.com   Mon, 23 Jul 2012

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett wants assurances Penn State won’t use any tax dollars to pay the $60 million fine slapped on Penn State by the NCAA today. Corbett is relieved the NCAA did not shut down football altogether and is confident that the University, which is more than football, will still be considered world class.

Obama and Romney looking to capitalize on Olympic Games

Los Angeles Times   Mon, 23 Jul 2012

President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney will do whatever they can to capture the golden glow of the Olympic Games, which begin this week in London. It appears Team Obama will start with one-on-one defense, deploying First Lady Michelle Obama to cover the Republican challenger for openers, with the president possibly joining the fray if the opportunity presents itself. Both the first lady and Romney are scheduled to attend a reception Friday at Buckingham Palace, to be hosted by Queen Elizabeth II and attended by 130 heads of state. The opening ceremonies follow that evening

Romney backs Olympics moment of silence to honor Munich victims

Reuters   Mon, 23 Jul 2012

LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney, about to visit the London Olympics and Israel, said for the first time on Monday that he supports an official minute of silence at Friday’s opening ceremony for the Games to honor Israeli athletes killed at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Olympics uniforms will be ‘Made in America’ starting in 2014, USOC and Lawmakers say

Washington Post   Mon, 23 Jul 2012

Uniforms worn by U.S. athletes during future opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games will be manufactured in the United States as part of an agreement announced Monday. The office of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) announced the agreement Monday, one week after Senate Democrats unveiled legislation that would force USOC to adopt “Made in America” uniform standards or face the prospect of losing its charter to oversee the U.S. Olympic program.

Michelle Obama leading presidential delegation to Olympic Games

Los Angeles Times   Mon, 23 Jul 2012

WASHINGTON — First Lady Michelle Obama will lead a presidential delegation to Friday’s opening ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London…The first lady will take her Let’s Move anti-obesity campaign to the U.S. ambassador’s residence Friday, where 1,000 American and British children will be put through their paces at sports stations and get a chance to meet athletes including soccer great David Beckham. She has dubbed Saturday a Let’s Move Olympic Fun Day and is encouraging communities in the U.S. to arrange fitness events through Meetup.com.

Obama the Sports Fan: How the President’s Sports Knowledge Works For and Against Him

International Business Times   Mon, 23 Jul 2012

Obama is known to sit back and enjoy what many fellow Americans look to for solace and comfort: sports. Obama makes no effort to hide his immense interest in watching sports, with basketball being one of his lifelong passions. There is Barack-etology, in which the president unveils his NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament picks during “March Madness.” Then there are his brief appearances on Monday Night Football, pickup games with friends and colleagues, and an occasional coaching role on his daughter Sasha’s youth basketball team.

July 22, 2012 Headlines: Pope’s Olympic message, Pres supports Paterno Statue removal, ‘n’ Clinton balling in Haiti

Pope’s Olympic message credits the power of sports

Pope Benedict XVI holds a soccer ball received as a gift after his weekly general audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican, 13 June 2007. AFP PHOTO / Filippo MONTEFORTE

NBC 29 News   Sun, 22 Jul 2012

VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Benedict XVI says he is praying that the London Olympics promote world peace and friendship – a message the Vatican is increasingly emphasizing as it focuses renewed attention on the positive role that sports can play in society. But while the message Sunday may be new, sports have long been a mainstay for the Vatican. The first soccer game was played in the Apostolic Palace in 1521 and every year the Swiss Guards face off against the staff of the Vatican Museums in a tournament…Just last month, the Vatican’s culture office opened a new “Culture and Sport” department, saying the sporting world was in need of a “cathartic” change to fight from spiraling into a profession dominated by money and drugs…Benedict himself launched the London-based John Paul II Foundation for Sport during his 2010 visit to Britain, creating a charity that aims to “build spiritual character through excellence in sporting skills and fitness.” When the CEO of the charity, Monsignor Vladimir Felzman, formally introduced it a year later, he delivered his speech on the interconnectedness of physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual growth while doing 75 pushups.

Obama Supports Penn State’s Removal of Paterno Statue

Wall Street Journal (blog)  Sun, 22 Jul 2012

A covering lies on top of the head of the statue of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno before it is removed Sunday, July 22, 2012, in State College, Pa.(AP Photo:John Beale)

President Barack Obama supports the decision for Penn State University to take down the statue of Joe Paterno after a report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh  showed  the late football coach and other school officials ignored allegations of child sexual abuse, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Sunday. “It was the right decision,” Mr. Carney said Mr. Obama told him.

Goveror Corbett Concerned Over Possible NCAA Sanctions At PSU

CBS Local   Sun, 22 Jul 2012

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Governor Corbett says he hopes the NCAA will consider the far-reaching impact that shutting down Penn State’s football program would have as the organization considers what if any action to take in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Yonkers Man, Clinton Team To Help Haiti Basketball

Former President Bill Clinton and Jim Bostic of Yonkers discuss rebuilding Haiti’s national basketball program. Photo Credit- courtesy of Jim Bostic

 

The Daily Voice   Sun, 22 Jul 2012

YONKERS, N.Y. – Yonkers icon Jim Bostic had a prolific college basketball career, success in the NBA, a coaching career that led two local high schools to multiple championships and helped turn around Iona College’s basketball program. These days, Bostic is looking to turn around another program – in Haiti – and a chance meeting with former President Bill Clinton has given his efforts a boost.


July 18, 2012 Headlines: Romney & the Pres moving towards the Olympics, Armstrong’s anti doping lobbying, ‘n’ Nets arrive

Mitt Romney Hopes Olympic Appearance Will Serve as a Distraction

U.S. News & World Report   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

When Mitt Romney travels to the Olympics in London next week, he is hoping for a round of positive media coverage of the strong leadership he provided in rescuing the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002. But he will be walking a tightrope because his Democratic critics will use the occasion to ridicule him and attempt to undermine his case…Romney ran the Winter Olympics in 2002 and has been underscoring his stewardship to show that he has experience in repairing broken institutions.

Dems Hit Romney For ‘Dancing Horse’ Rafalca

ABC News   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

For the second time in the 2012 campaign, Democrats are attacking presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney with mocking references to one of his family pets. A new web video by the Democratic National Committee slams Romney for “dancing around the issues” while featuring footage of his Olympics-bound “dancing horse” Rafalca.

Armstrong’s foundation mounts lobbying campaign

Austin American-Statesman   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison — pictured in 2002 with Lance Armstrong, center, and then-Sen. Joe Biden Rick McKay:2002 Cox News Service

WASHINGTON — The foundation created by seven-time Tour de France cycling champion Lance Armstrong has mounted a lobbying campaign on Capitol Hill in an effort to counter accusations by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that Armstrong took performance-enhancing drugs throughout much of his career.

City plans bid on 2018 Super Bowl

Indianapolis Business Journal   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

City and state officials announced Wednesday morning that the city of Indianapolis will bid to host the Super Bowl in 2018.

”I have four words for you: ‘Let’s do it again,’ Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said at a press conference at Lucas Oil Stadium.

FIFA picks ex-US attorney as corruption prosecutor

Contra Costa Times  Tues, 17 Jul 2012

ZURICH—FIFA appointed former United States attorney Michael J. Garcia on Tuesday as lead prosecutor to investigate allegations of corruption in world soccer. One of Garcia’s first tasks will be to inspect a Swiss court document on a World Cup kickbacks scandal to evaluate the behavior of FIFA president Sepp Blatter and other senior officials in the affair. “He will have not only to write, but the duty to have this case analyzed on ethic, moral matters and then to report back to the executive committee,” Blatter said at a news conference.

Sports Teams to Share Green Success Stories at the White House

Natural Resources Defense Council   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

President Obama loves basketball, but that’s not the reason why the reigning NBA champions, the Miami Heat, are invited to the White House tomorrow. Representatives from the Heat, as well as other professional sports teams, including the Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, Philadelphia Eagles, Portland Trailblazers, Saint Louis Cardinals, and others, are headed to Washington to discuss a game plan they all have in common–how to run a greener, more sustainable business.  Across the country, more than 100 major league sports teams have embraced NRDC’s Greening Advisor, a customized online resource designed to help sports teams find ways to green their operations through strategies like energy efficiency, waste reduction, and sustainable procurement policies. Through the Advisor, NRDC has helped spark tremendous change in the way sports teams operate.

Obama honors Baylor women’s hoops

Obama hosts Baylor Lady Bears

Fox Sports Wed, 18 Jul 2012 13:06 PM PDT

Smiling from her wheelchair, a 10-year-old girl with a rare disorder watched from the front row at the White House as President Barack Obama congratulated her beloved Baylor University’s women’s basketball team on winning this year’s NCAA championship…President Barack Obama is honoring Baylor’s undefeated women’s basketball team, calling the NCAA champions a ”dominant” team that scored more points than any team in women’s college basketball history.

Even Barack Obama Thinks Anthony Davis’ Unibrow Is Funny

Obama Thinks Anthony Davis’ Unibrow Is Funny

BuzzFeed   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

Watching the most powerful man in the world tease a clearly star-stuck NBA rookie is my new favorite thing ever….Nowhere is this more obvious than in his interaction with Anthony Davis. From the moment he sees the rookie, the president is busting his balls. “What are y’all doing with this rookie? Is he carrying the bags?” When Kobe makes a joke about the team making Davis shave his trademark unibrow if he doesn’t carry the bags, Obama couldn’t look more delighted.

Background on Local Officials Joining First Lady Michelle Obama at Let’s Move

Whitehouse.gov (press release)  Tues, 17 Jul 2012

Washington – Tomorrow in Philadelphia, First Lady Michelle Obama will join Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as well as local elected officials from across the country to announce public and private sector commitments to get our kids healthier as part of her Let’s Move! initiative to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. The First Lady will be joined by leaders from across the country who are working to make their communities healthier.

Borough President Markowitz welcomes Nets back court to Brooklyn

Brooklyn Daily Wed, 18 Jul 2012

Looking ahead for a sweet season- Brooklynettes Christina, Jessica, and Ericka were in fine form on Friday when they served up some Junior’s cheesecake to celebrate the Brooklyn Nets backcourt. Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Brooklyn’s new all-stars are finally here! Joe Johnson and Deron Williams — both multiple NBA all-stars — were given a borough-wide welcome on Friday, amid roaring cheers from Brooklynites, the Brooklynettes carrying a giant Junior’s cheesecake.

How the Iraq war nearly ended London’s Olympic dream

Sydney Morning Herald   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

Sir Craig Reedie recounts the phone call like it was yesterday. It took place in May 2003, less than two months after bombs had begun falling on Baghdad and George W Bush and Tony Blair set about de-throning Saddam Hussein.

On the other end of the line was Tessa Jowell, Britain’s then Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, and what she told Reedie was not exactly what he wanted to hear. Jowell was tasked with securing cabinet approval for a London entry in the 2012 Olympic Games race but with the nation’s focus squarely on combat in the Gulf, she was struggling to get the topic on the agenda for the following day’s cabinet meeting. By this time the coalition forces had taken the Iraqi capital – Saddam was not yet captured – but debate was already raging about the legitimacy of the invasion and its political and geopolitical implications.

Bidding buddies … Princess Anne and Sir Craig Reedie in Singapore in 2005 when London was awarded the Olympics. Photo- Bazuki Muhammad

July 17, 2012 Headlines: Rendell on Penn State, Baller in Chief dissed, ‘n’ Country of origin of Olympic Uniforms

Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell: Paterno Statue Should Come Down …

Pennsylvania’s former governor Ed Rendell

Sports Radio Interviews  Tue, 17 Jul

One of Pennsylvania’s former governors does not believe the NCAA should give Penn State the death penalty, but he’s not encouraging a slap on the wrist, either. Ed Rendell weighed in on the ongoing saga surrounding Jerry Sandusky, and said that the program shouldn’t get the death penalty because the student-athletes did nothing wrong. Instead, Rendell said, Penn State should be forced to give up any profits made by the football program for at least the upcoming season by donating them to charities that fight child abuse. He also minced no words in stating that keeping the statue of Joe Paterno in place would be a mistake.

 

U.S. President Barack Obama kisses first lady Michelle Obama during the Olympic men’s exhibition basketball game between Team USA and Brazil in Washington July 16, 2012. Credit- REUTERS:KEVIN LAMARQUE:LANDOV

Barack Obama, Michelle Obama Caught by Kiss Cam!

US Weekly Tue, 17 Jul 2012 08:13 AM PDT

All together now: “Awww!” Attending a Team USA basketball exhibition game in Washington, D.C. Monday, President Obama and his wife, First Lady Michelle , found that all eyes were on them at the Verizon Center — with good reason. Caught by the venue’s “kiss cam”

Obama to womens Olympic basketball team: Bring home gold!

Washington Post  Tue, 17 Jul

President Obama met with the USA womens basketball team in Washington, D.C. on Monday. He congratulated the players and told them he knew they’d come home from Olympics with gold medals.

London Olympics Give Romney a Chance to Bask in 2002 Glory

NewsMax.com   Mon, 16 Jul 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney played a major role in saving the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, and he will have a chance to re-invoke that aura of success when the London Olympics begins Aug. 27…Now Romney can reinforce his credentials as a leader and manager as he seeks to unseat President Barack Obama, Politico reports. The presidential campaigns should be largely in a lull during the Olympics, giving Romney a chance to shine as he attends the games with his wife Ann.

In Romney-helmed games, Olympic uniforms outsourced to Burma

CBS News   Tues, 17 Jul 2012

And in 2002, when Romney was at the helm of the Salt Lake City Olympics, the outfits were produced in Burma, as the Huffington Post pointed out last night. Romney on Olympics uniforms made in China: No comment This fact was a source of some protest in 2002, particularly given the Burmese government’s history of dictatorship and long track record of human rights violations. A 2002 story from the Los Angeles Times reported on groups protesting the uniforms, made by Marker Outerwear, “because of the uniform maker’s alleged ties to inhumane working conditions in Myanmar.”

Super PACs Offer NFL Owners Another Way to Score Political Points

Huffington Post   Tues, 17 Jul 2012

The Arizona Cardinals appear to be the first team to make a donation to a federal Super PAC, which can raise unlimited funds from individuals, unions and corporations. There has long been a cozy relationship between sports team owners and politicians and the Cardinals recent donation to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s Super PAC — JAN PAC — is proof that these super PACs offer yet another way for wealthy NFL owners to ensure that the political game is rigged against fans and taxpayers….Since 2009, the NFL has racked up nearly $5 million in lobbying expenditures. It has established a PAC of its own — the GRIDIRON-PAC — which has already spent nearly $750,000 this cycle…It should come as no surprise that NFL owners are overwhelmingly Republican. (You’ll find no better example of the 1 percent than an NFL owner.) Other than the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Dan Rooney, you’d be hard pressed to find an NFL owner who leans left. (And obviously excluding the Green Bay Packers, who are publicly owned.) In the 2008 election, NFL owners gave to John McCain over Barack Obama at a rate of 6-1.

Minnesota governor blames player arrests on idle time

NBCSports.com  Tues, 17 Jul 2012

Now that Minnesota governor Mark Dayton has climbed fully into bed with the Vikings, by aggressively supporting efforts to build a new stadium for the franchise in Minneapolis, Dayton finds himself justifying the allegedly bad behavior of the men who play for the team…“Idle time is the devil’s play,” Dayton said

Salah al-Alam Libyan Olympic President abducted

Stuff.co.nz  Tues, 17 Jul 2012

Gunmen abducted the president of the Libyan Olympic Committee in the nation’s capital, grabbing him from his car and bundling him into a waiting vehicle, his brother said Monday…The abduction comes amid a wave of score settling between rivals of Libya’s eight-month civil war that ended with the capture and killing of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi in October.

NASCAR: Jeff Gordon is returning to Rwanda for 1st of its kind cancer center

Indianapolis Star   Sun, 15 Jul 2012

NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jeff Gordon is headed back to Rwanda this week for one of the most important trips of his life. The Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation is a major supporter of the first-of-its-kind cancer center in a rural part of the African nation. The grand opening is Wednesday. President Clinton will be there, too, along with Rwanda’s president, Paul Kagame.

Sports celebrities participate in fundraising golf outing hosted by Newark …

The Star-Ledger – NJ.com   Mon, 16 Jul 2012

Sports celebrities descended on Jersey City today for a fundraising round of golf at Liberty National Golf Club. Hosted by Newark Mayor Cory Booker and former Giant Michael Strahan, the outing benefited the Newark Mentoring Movement, which  benefits providers like Big Brothers, Big Sisters. New York Giant David Diehl, former New York Jet Wayne Chrebet, “NFL on Fox” reporter Jay Glazer, former New Jersey Devil Ken Daneyko, NBC host and former New York Giant Tiki Barber and former NBA player and coach Isiah Thomas were among the players.

July 16, 2012 Headlines: Olympic hoops & Prez, PA Gov on Penn State, ‘n’ MMA for Cuomo

Obama and Biden attend tune-up games for Olympic basketball teams

Washington Post  Mon, 16 Jul 2012

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama basked in the glow of the Olympics on Monday, getting a courtside look at LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and other members of USA Basketball. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden took their seats to chants of “U-S-A” at a U.S. men’s Olympic basketball exhibition game against Brazil as the loudspeakers blared Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.,” images that any president running for re-election would relish.

Not so fast, Kobe, Obama sides with ’92 Dream Team

USA TODAY  Mon, 16 Jul 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) – Add President Obama to the list of people who disagree with Kobe Bryant‘s boast that this year’s U.S. Olympic basketball team could beat the Dream Team of 1992. “This is a generational thing,” Obama said during a halftime interview with ESPN2 as it broadcast the USA’s exhibition game Monday night vs. Brazil at Washington’s Verizon Center. “I was around in ’92, I was a Bulls fan, so I’ve got to go with the original Dream Team.”

After outrage, Team USA uniforms will be made in America

Handout photo of US Olympic athletes Lochte and Lanzone wearing the 2012 US Olympic team uniforms

Chicago Tribune  Mon, 16 Jul 2012

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ralph Lauren’s stylish uniforms for the U.S. Olympic team, complete with a jaunty beret, have sparked a political row because the red, white and blue outfits were made in China. With U.S. unemployment hovering just above 8 percent, politicians have spoken out against the uniforms for the London Games, which start later this month, and six Democratic senators said they plan to introduce legislation requiring the ceremonial uniforms be produced in the United States…The senators said they will introduce the “Team USA Made In America Act of 2012” next week.

China burns Harry Reid over US Olympic uniforms

Politico  Mon, 16 Jul 2012

China’s state media called Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid “irresponsible” for recommending that the U.S. Olympic team’s Chinese-made uniforms be burned, and said the “ridiculous” uproar on Capitol Hill over the uniforms reeks of “nationalism and ignorance.” “The Olympic Spirit, which has nothing to do with politics, chants mutual understanding and fair play, so tagging the uniforms with politics by those U.S. politicians exposes narrow nationalism and ignorance, and violates the original Olympic Spirit,” the official Xinhua news agency wrote in an editorial Monday.

Gov. Corbett answers tough questions about Penn State scandal

WPXI Pittsburgh Mon, 16 Jul 2012

PITTSBURGH — Gov. Tom Corbett has been very quiet recently about the scandal and recent fallout at Penn State University…“First off, I’m not going to get into what the NCAA should do or will do. That’s their area,” Corbett said.

Mixed martial arts companies have donated $105000 to Gov. Cuomo during his …

New York Daily News  Mon, 16 Jul 2012

ALBANY — Mixed martial arts competitions are not legal in New York, but the industry has already showered cash on Gov. Cuomo. Two companies fighting to legalize the popular but controversial sport donated $105,000 to the governor during his first 18 months in office, a study of Cuomo’s campaign filings revealed. Zuffa LLC and its subsidiary, Ultimate Fighting Championship, dished about $55,000 and $50,000, respectively, to Cuomo, along with a total of $89,000 to the state Senate and Assembly, the New York Public Interest Research Group found.

 New Mexico Senator pushing to end doping in horse racing

New York Daily News  Mon, 16 Jul 2012

A MEMBER of Congress is threatening to cut off horse racing’s lifeline of off-track wagering if it doesn’t clean up its act. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) made the threat during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on “Medication and Performance Enhancing Drugs in Horse Racing” held in Washington on Thursday. “Today, nearly 90% of the $11 billion bet annually on horse racing is from off-track wagers permitted by the IHA (the Interstate Horseracing Act of 1978),” Udall said. “Congress should not tolerate doping and cheating in interstate horse racing. But the record is discouraging. This great sport has reached a terrible level of corruption and exploitation.”

Senate Passes National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act

Coin Update News  Mon, 16 Jul 2012

On July 12, 2012, the Senate passed H.R. 2527: National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act… In order to become law, the House must approve amendments to the original bill made by the Senate, and then the bill must be signed by the President. The bill will require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint and issue up to 50,000 $5 gold coins, up to 400,000 silver dollars, and up to 750,000 clad half dollars in recognition of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. It is suggested that to the extent possible without significantly adding to the purchase price, the gold coins and silver dollars should be produced so that the reverse is convex to more closely resemble a baseball and the obverse is concave for dramatic display of the design.

Kuwait pledges sports autonomy

ESPN  Mon, 16 Jul 2012

KUWAIT CITY — Kuwait has promised the IOC it will rid its sports institutions of political interference. The Gulf country wants the two-year ban on its Olympic committee lifted, allowing its athletes to compete under the nation’s flag at the London Games. The International Olympic Committee suspended Kuwait in 2010. The IOC said in May Kuwaiti athletes could participate at the games, but would compete and march in the opening ceremony under the Olympic flag. IOC spokeswoman Sandrine Tonge said Monday the suspension was “conditionally lifted” after Kuwait ruler Sheik Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah pledged autonomy for the country’s Olympic committee and promised new legislation for institutions governing sports.Kuwait is sending 11 athletes to the Olympics, which start July 27.

Monmouth Park’s plan to introduce sports betting draws backing of Gov. Christie

The Times of Trenton – NJ.com  Mon, 16 Jul 2012

A few weeks ago, Gov. Chris Christie announced his willingness to encourage sports betting in New Jersey in spite of a 20-year-old federal law that limits wagering on sports to four states, none of which is ours. His message to those who might not like it: I’ll see you in court. He may get his chance. Monmouth Park operator Dennis Drazin told The Bergen Record that he hopes to offer betting on professional and college sports at his racetrack this fall. That’s likely to bring a legal challenge from the sports leagues, which believe legal betting would threaten their games’ integrity, and the Justice Department, whose job it would be to defend the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA).

Surrounded by crowds, President Woodrow Wilson throws out the first ball at a baseball game in Washington in this 1916 photo. The last time two candidates who served as governors were on a winning presidential ticket was 100 years ago, when Wilson ran for president in 1912. (AP Photo/File)

July 11, 2012 Headlines: Olympics (Un-American American outfits, Quatari women to carry flag, ‘n’ Romney raising $)

Critics take on the U.S. Opening Ceremony look

U.S. Olympic Team’s Opening Ceremony outfits. Lochte, Clay, Lanzone, and Mitts. Photo provided by Ralph Lauren

Yahoo Sports Wed, 11 Jul 2012

Tuesday Ralph Lauren unveiled the outfits Team USA will be wearing during the Opening Ceremony, and fashionistas are already turning on it, slamming it for being “all wrong” and “un-American.”…the biggest objection focuses on the “un-American” beret. Such headgear is stereotypically French, even socialist

Qatari female athlete to hold flag at London Games

Newsvine Wed, 11 Jul 2012

DOHA — One of Qatar’s first female athletes to compete at the Olympics will be the flag-bearer for the opening ceremony at the London Games. Qatar’s Olympic Committee posted a statement late Wednesday on Twitter saying shooter Bahiya al-Hamad has been chosen to “raise the Qatar flag at London 2012.” “I’m truly proud and humbled to carry the Qatar flag among my fellow athletes from all over the world,” al-Hamad said on Twitter.

Obama Turns Down NASCAR Tickets To Sprint Cup Race €“ Commemorative Pass Auctioned Off At A Loss

The Inquisitr Wed, 11 Jul 2012 13:32 PM PDT

President Barack Obama turned down an invitation and free tickets to the Sprint Cup race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway; so the racetrack decided to auction off the tickets (which were printed with Obama’s name and White House address) for a children’s charity. Unfortunately for the non-profit organization, there was not much of a demand for President Obama’s cast-off NASCAR tickets even though they were for some of the “best seats in the house, The Blaze reports. According to The Sporting News, the tickets retail for $110 each and the set of four Obama Spring Cup tickets garnered only $300 on the auction block.

Fans, foes debate proposed NBA/NHL arena

Seattle TimesWed, 11 Jul 2012 16:08 PM PDT

King County Executive Dow Constantine (L), Chris Hansen (C), the venture capitalist who wants to build a new sports arena in Seattle, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn (R) TED S. WARREN : AP

King County Executive Dow Constantine, Chris Hansen, the venture capitalist who wants to build a new sports arena in Seattle, talks to reporters with Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. The City Council, along with the county, spent thousands of public dollars to study the existing area where the stadium district was created. The purpose was to create an area for sports venues to be located. The study was led by the person who now has called for another study to be done by the Port of Seattle.

US election: Mitt Romney to host £50,000 a head London fundraisers

Daily Telegraph Wed, 11 Jul 2012 13:49 PM PDT

Mitt Romney will bolster his election campaign war chest by charging wealthy expatriates up to £50,000 to meet him at lavish London fundraisers on the eve of the Olympics.

Baylor going to White House to mark national title

The Daily Jeffersonian Wed, 11 Jul 2012 14:48 PM PDT

WACO, Texas (AP) — Brittney Griner and the Baylor Lady Bears are headed to the White House for a Rose Garden ceremony. The national champion Lady Bears, who were undefeated with the NCAA’s first 40-win season, are scheduled to meet with President Obama next Wednesday. They will also visit with the Texas congressional delegation while in Washington…It will be the second time Mulkey takes a team to the White House. Baylor was also honored at the White House after its 2005 national championship. The Lady Bears were then greeted by President George W. Bush, whose Crawford ranch is only about 25 miles from the Waco campus.

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