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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.


May 16, 2012 Headlines: White House open for All Whites and the Irish cousin, free tix=trouble, Sports Fans unite

Mayweather supports Obama, backs gay marriage

MSNBC Wed, 16 May 2012 17:51 PM PDT

The war of words between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao takes many forms and has many fronts. So when Pacquiao went on record recently as opposing President Obama’s recent endorsement of gay marriage, Mayweather saw that as an opening, and stepped in and threw a left. Mayweather tweeted today:

@FloydMayweather
I stand behind President Obama & support gay marriage. I’m an American citizen & I believe people should live their life the way they want.

Sports Fans Coalition Spring Kickoff Reception

The Hill Wed, May 16, 2012

The Sports Fans Coalition, the largest fan advocacy organization in the country, held a spring kickoff reception Tuesday evening at the Sewall-Belmont House. Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.), along with several other lawmakers, was honored for fighting for sports fans across the U.S. Guests enjoyed beer and barbecue and were encouraged to wear their favorite team’s colors.

Mitt Romney’s Fenway visit prompts renewed look at 2004 World Series remark

Romney looks onto Red Sox's Nick Punto, Jim Davis:Globe Staff

Boston Globe Wed, 16 May 2012 11:14 AM PDT

Mitt Romney’s visit to Fenway Park earlier this week has prompted renewed focus on a 2006 comment in which he reportedly told an Air Force pilot he was in Fenway Park when the Boston Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years. The problem is that the team won the clinching Game 4 not in Boston but at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. David Bernstein of the Boston Phoenix noted the discrepancy in …

Mass. Democrats file ethics complaint against Scott Brown over half-court shot video

Boston Globe Wed, 16 May 2012 11:31 AM PDT

The Massachusetts Democratic Party today filed a complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee, arguing that Senator Scott Brown abused public resources by using video shot by a government employee to promote his reelection campaign. The Globe reported last week that the video – of Brown sinking a half-court basketball shot – was recorded by his Senate communications director, during an official …

Mr. Met Joins Mayor Bloomberg To Announce Citi Field Will Host 2013 All-Star Game

Mayor Bloomberg, Bud Selig and Mr. Met

Gothamist Wed, 16 May 2012 11:34 AM PDT

The Blue Room at City Hall was an especially appropriate setting today for the announcement that the Mets will host the 2013 All-Star Game. Mayor Bloomberg was joined by MLB commissioner Bud Selig, Mets owner Fred Wilpon, Mets COO Jeff Wilpon, MLB Executive Vice President Joe Torre, and Citi Field’s most beloved resident Mr. Met to make the announcement. “Competition for All-Star …

Finance deal reported for new Seattle arena

The Wenatchee World Wed, 16 May 2012 08:59 AM PDT

SEATTLE (AP) a King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn have called a Wednesday news conference to announce a financing agreement with Chris Hansen who hopes to build a new arena to bring NBA and NHL teams to the city. The arena would be built near the Mariners’ Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field where the Seahawks and Sounders play.

Pennsylvania governor, lawmakers report gifts, travel

The Morning Call Wed, 16 May 2012 06:07 AM PDT

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Corbett accepted tickets to NFL playoff games and the National Hockey League‘s Winter Classic and top leaders in the General Assembly earned outside incomes at law firms in 2011, documents show.

Corbett accepted NFL playoff tickets provided by longtime friend and supporter, Pittsburgh lawyer Jack Barbour, on Jan. 15 and Jan. 23 last year. The tickets were valued at $140 and $185, respectively, according to annual financial disclosure statements filed with the Pennsylvania Ethics Commission.

White House welcome for All White(s)

New Zealand's All Whites Soccer club's Dan Keat

3news Wed, 16 May 2012 14:55 PM PDT

On the same day he was named in the All Whites soccer squad for their upcoming internationals, Kiwi midfielder Dan Keat was being hosted at the White House by United States President Barack Obama.

Michelle Obama Wore Moschino to Kick It With David Beckham

New York Magazine Wed, 16 May 2012 11:10 AM PDT

Michelle Obama wore a white Moschino top with an Alaïa belt and black pants to host a Let’s Move! event honoring the L.A. Galaxy soccer team at the White House yesterday. And on Monday, she wore a striped shirt and black blazer to address the 2012 Team USA Media Summit

Galaxy’s White House trip to see Obama causes media feud

Major League Soccer Wed, 16 May 2012 10:19 AM PDT

So MSNBC host Chuck Todd may not be the biggest fan of MLS, or soccer in general. But is that really a reason to make snide comments about the LA Galaxy’s trip to see President Obama at the White House to be congratulated for their 2011 MLS Cup triumph on Tuesday?

VIDEO: Obama’s Keane ‘cousin’

BBC News Wed, 16 May 2012 08:14 AM PDT

US president Barack Obama singled out Robbie Keane, captain of the Republic of Ireland football team, for a special mention at a White House reception, calling him “a cousin of mine”.

Beckham reflects on another career moment at White House

Obama and Beckham

Major League Soccer Wed, 16 May 2012 07:50 AM PDT

WASHINGTON, DC: David Beckham and the LA Galaxy stopped by the White House on Tuesday, stepping back from the challenges of their current season just long enough to savor their glorious 2011 campaign in the company of President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and a room full of wowed youth soccer players from Washington, D.C.