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June 27, 2012 Headlines: known and unknowns of the BCS, Golf goes to Washington, ‘n’ Campaign media buy of Olympic proportions

Plenty of unknowns remain after college football playoff deal

The BCS system for determining a collegiate national champion has been famous for producing unexpected results, not the least of which was last season’s LSU-Alabama rematch in the title game. Michael DeMocker/The Times Picayune

New Orleans Times-Picayune Wed, 27 Jun 2012 00:13 AM PDT

Since the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee chose Washington, D.C., in which to give its official seal of approval for college football to advance into the playoff age on Tuesday, it’s altogether fitting to remember the words of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld during the Iraq War: “There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. “But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know.” That’s the way it is moving forward with the BCS.

Get ready for January Madness

New York Post Tue, 26 Jun 2012 23:53 PM PDT

A college football playoff has been a no-brainer for too long a time, and now, finally, the powers-that-be that rule the game do not have to hear cries that they have no brains. Never mind that President Obama wanted the death of the BCS, that Congress threatened to get involved. You wanted it.

How Congressional: Golf Industry Lobbys Lawmakers At AT&T National

WAMU 88.5 Wed, 28 Jun 2012

Tiger Woods on the 16th green during a pro-am round of the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club June 27. AP Photo:Patrick Semansky

Play gets underway this morning at the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. But befitting of a tournament near Washington, D.C., top golf officials spent the practice rounds yesterday lobbying members of Congress right on the course. Congress does have a “golf caucus.”…Their actual focus is on golf as a business — a business that contributes 2 million jobs to the U.S. economy, according to the World Golf Foundation…”That helps promote not only the golf course but the business and the people that work there,” Rep Joe Baca said. “The people who work at the restaurant, the people that work behind the desk, the landscapers, the marshals. It presents an opportunity for people to be exposed to the game.” Baca and the golf caucus members who toured the course Wednesday got their picture taken with tournament host Tiger Woods. But they also heard from people like World Golf Foundation CEO Steve Mona. He wants lawmakers to okay a bill that would allow golf courses to receive federal aid after natural disasters like flooding.

Media Decoder Blog: As Obama Buys Up Time, NBC Executive Says Positive Ads Do Better at Olympics

New York Times Wed, 27 Jun 2012 14:23 PM PDT

With the news that the Obama campaign has purchased $5.5 million in commercial time during the coverage of the London Olympics, an NBC executive had advice for both presidential candidates: Don’t go negative during the three weeks’ worth of thrills of victory and agonies of defeat…Seth Winter, the head of advertising sales for NBC’s Olympics coverage…and said that during the Games it should be all about accentuating the positive…“What we’ve seen in all of our research is the creative has got to be upbeat…It’s got to be empowering. It’s got to be positive.”

Argentina says won’t bring Falklands row to Olympics

Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

AFP via Yahoo! Sports Wed, 27 Jun 2012 04:13 AM PDT

President Cristina Kirchner said Argentina would keep politics out of sports during the London Olympics despite its decades-long dispute with Britain over the Falkland Islands. “They are expecting some sort of foolishness from us, but we do not mix such things,” Kirchner said

NRCU: Yanukovych, Kissinger discuss Ukraine’s development and EURO 2012

KYIV PostWed, 27 Jun 2012 01:40 AM PDT

Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych during his televised address to the nation late Thursday, Kiev, Ukraine, June 7, 2012. Yanukovych is hailing his country’s success in preparing for the European football championship and urging his countrymen to give a warm welcome to fans and guests. Yanukovych is seeking to put a brave face on the harsh criticism he is facing from the West over the politically tainted jailing of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. (AP Photo/Mykhailo Markiv, Pool)

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych met with former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in Kyiv on Monday, the presidential press service has reported. During the meeting, the sides discussed reforms in Ukraine and preparations for the EURO 2012 European Football Championship…Henry Kissinger praised Ukraine’s preparations for the finals of the European Football Championship”

Outcast Belarus leader to attend Euro 2012 finals

Reuters Wed, 27 Jun 2012 07:10 AM PDT

KIEV (Reuters) – Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko, a pariah in many European countries, will attend the final of the Euro 2012 soccer championship in Ukraine, a Belarussian diplomat said on Wednesday…Lukashenko will meet Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich on July 1 before watching the game later in the day…The European Union has introduced sanctions such as travel bans and asset freezes against Lukashenko and some of his officials, accusing his government of human rights abuses and political repression.

Former Miss America Nicole Johnson and NBA Hall-of-Famer Dominique Wilkins to Join Novo Nordisk Employees from Across U.S. for Diabetes Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance Wed, 27 Jun 2012 05:00 AM PDT

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Novo Nordisk (NVO) employees from across the United States are converging on Capitol Hill on June 27, 2012 to urge their Members in the House and Senate to support the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) and the Special Diabetes Program (SDP), two vital programs that support diabetes prevention efforts in local communities, research for a cure and improved diabetes care. Diabetes advocates Nicole Johnson, MPH, MA, Miss America 1999 and NBA Hall-of-Famer Dominique Wilkins of the Atlanta Hawks, will accompany more than 200 Novo Nordisk employees on Capitol Hill for a full day of congressional office visits to discuss the company’s unique approach to changing diabetes.


June 26, 2012 Headlines: The BCS is Dead, From White Sox to Heats, ‘n’ DNC drops NASCAR

BCS Presidential Oversight Committee approves four-team college football playoff

St. Petersburg Times Tue, 26 Jun 2012 17:35 PM PDT

On Tuesday, the Presidential Oversight Committee made up of university presidents – including Florida president Bernie Machen – who oversee the Bowl Championship Series, voted to create a new four-team, seeded post-season playoff to determine the national champion in college football. The new format will begin with the 2014-2015 season.

“We recognize that the BCS has been controversial in some years, but we also believe it has turned college football from a regional sport into a wonderfully popular national sport, much to the benefit of our alumni, student-athletes and fans,” the twelve members of the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee said in a joint statement.  “We now seek to build an even better college football season by creating a four-team playoff to crown the national champion, while protecting the regular season and the bowl experience. We’re delighted to support this format and congratulate the group of conference commissioners who have done so much for college football and who worked so hard to make this happen.”

Obama Won’t Forsake Favorite Sports Teams to Woo Voters

New York Times Tue, 26 Jun 2012 10:59 AM PDT

He may be in a tough race for re-election but there is one thing that President Barack Obama will not do to court voters – fake allegiance to a sports team for political gain. Obama was gently booed by some supporters at a campaign rally in Boston on Monday night after he dared to mention the that Kevin Youkilis, a popular Boston Red Sox baseball player, had been traded earlier in the day to the president’s beloved Chicago White Sox. The White House said Obama showed political courage in talking about the matter.

Other Obama Dissing Red Sox Fans Headlines

President Barack Obama (Haraz N. Ghanbari:AP)

Obama doesn’t like your favorite baseball team (unless it’s the White Sox)

White House vows no ‘Youk-turn’ over baseball boos

Much a-Youuu about nothing? Obama zinger gets buzz

Chicago White Sox fan Obama draws boos

Obama’s Baseball Taunt Gets Boos From Donors, Or Were They ‘Yoooooks’?

Washington Whimsy – Obama Baseball Joke Gets Youk’d?

Video: Obama booed in Boston 

Obama Hails The “Miami Heats”

ABC News Tue, 26 Jun 2012 19:42 PM PDT

Unfazed by a partisan spat sparked by his comment on former Red Sox player Kevin Youkilis, President Obama tonight again opined on a professional sports team, publicly praising the NBA champion Miami Heat at a campaign fundraiser in the city. The only problem this time was that Obama mispronounced the name of the team – referring to it as the “Miami Heats” in an apparent slip of the tongue.

7 pols’ baseball errors

Politico Tue, 26 Jun 2012

Martha Coakley The Massachusetts Attorney General, while running against Scott Brown for a Senate seat in 2010, referred to former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling as “another Yankee fan.” (Photo- AP Photo 

Former presidents who share Obama’s interest in sports

amNewYork Tue, 26 Jun 2012 17:16 PM PDT

George W. Bush
 Obama’s predecessor is also a baseball fan, epitomized by his part-ownership of the Texas Rangers from 1989 to 1998. The Rangers made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history during that time.

Richard Nixon
 Audio tapes reveal that Nixon attempted to negotiate with NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle to relax the league’s blackout restrictions, and televise playoff games in the city in which they were played.

Bill Clinton
 thought about trying to qualify for the Senior PGA Tour after his presidency, and led the failed bid to bring the 2022 FIFA World Cup to the United States.

Democratic National Convention organizers drop Charlotte speedway from itinerary

Michelle Obama, Jill Biden, Andrew Barry and his family give the command for, “Gentlemen, start your engines” at NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 20, 2011 in Homestead, Florida. (Chris Graythen – GETTY IMAGES)


Washington Post Tue, 26 Jun 2012 10:15 AM ET


Are Democrats giving up on the NASCAR vote? Organizers of the Democratic National Convention announced Tuesday they are moving the CarolinaFest 2012 kickoff event on Labor Day from the Charlotte Motor Speedway to Uptown Charlotte, in the center of the city.

Fernandez cautions athletes about provocations

The Associated Press via Yahoo! Canada Sports Tue, 26 Jun 2012 20:37 PM PDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — President Cristina Fernandez cautioned Argentine athletes traveling to the London Olympics about doing anything provocative in Britain, which is engaged in a renewed dispute with Argentina over the Falkland Islands. As Fernandez was giving some athletes a sendoff Tuesday, she also defended a TV ad that ran two months ago on state-run television linking the London Olympics to the Falklands dispute. The International Olympic Committee immediately denounced the ad and warned Argentina about using the games as a political platform.

Surprise us, Aquino urges Olympians

Philippine Daily Inquirer Tue, 26 Jun 2012 07:03 AM PDT

PRESIDENT Aquino reminded the small Philippine contingent to the London Olympics of the Filipinos ability to surprise the sporting world as he exhorted them to end the country’s gold-medal drought in the quadrennial meet. “I know the world may not be expecting us to take home multiple gold medals. But I believe in the capacity of the Filipino to surprise,” said the President…“I believe in the capacity of the Filipino to be excellent in anything they do —to be world-class.”