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Oct 24-Nov 2, 2012 Headlines: MLB’s AL winning WS vs. Redskin Rule, MNF Presidential Interview, ‘n’ Obama ‘not that good’…at basketball

Panther vs Redskins

Carolina Panthers beat Washington Redskins 21-13

Rooting for an intersection of football and politics? Keep the ‘Redskins Rule’ to Mitt Romney

Yahoo! Sports (blog)   Sun, Nov 4 2012

The Carolina Panthers beat the Washington Redskins, 21-13, on Sunday afternoon at Washington D.C.’s FedEx Field…and if a “Redskins Rule”…holds true, it’s very good news for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

NFL Halftime Interviews with Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

TV Film News  Thurs, Nov 1 2012

ESPN’s Monday Night Football: Saints Host Eagles; Chris Berman Expected to Conduct Halftime Interviews with Presidential Candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney…On the eve of the U.S. Presidential Election, the MNF halftime is expected to include conversations with both candidates. Chris Berman is scheduled to conduct one-on-one interviews with President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney in one of the final national television appearances for both before the nation casts its vote the next day.

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Play Ball: What Your Favorite Sports Say About Your Politics

National Journal Fri, Oct 26 2012

Every four years, the seasons of big-time sports and major league politics overlap, beginning with the Summer Olympics and ending with a U.S. presidential election. As we show, the allegiances of American sports fans say a lot about their political leanings and likelihood of voting.

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Presidential Election Predictions/Endorsements

Obama will win White House if Giants win World Series: Analysis

Newstrack India    Wed, Oct 24 2012

ANI: If President Barack Obama wants to stay at the White House, he will be rooting for the San Francisco Giants to beat the Detroit Tigers in the upcoming World Series. According to analysis of World Series victories and presidential election history by Major League Baseball (MLB), an American League win signifies that the Republican nominee will win, while a National League win correlates with a Democratic win. A Republican candidate has won 59 percent of the time when an AL team has won, Politico reports.

Wayne Rooney the Prezmaker happy to put his political clout behind Barack Obama

Telegraph.co.uk   Thurs, Oct 25 2012

When the present England captain finally gave his long-awaited US presidential endorsement this week, he chose studiedly unpoetic language to reflect the drably prosaic nature of the campaign itself. “Watched all the presidential debates,” tweeted Rooney on Tuesday, just a few hours after the last of the trio ended in Florida. “If I had to vote would vote for Obama.”

Star-powered political rallies get party started

Seattle Post Intelligencer   Thurs, Oct 25 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Baseball great Hank Aaron is a Barack Obama guy. Golf legend Jack Nicklaus is in Mitt Romney‘s camp. From athletes and astronauts to singers and Hollywood stars, a growing line of celebrities is turning up at fancy dinners and rallies to build support and get out the vote for Obama or Romney, the president’s Republican challenger.

NFL legends rally for Obama

Jim Brown & Franco Harris. Photo by Brenda J. Linert

 

Warren Tribune Chronicle   Sun, Oct 28 2012

WARREN – Former Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown quipped that he was a bit perplexed Saturday morning as he stood inside the United Steelworkers Local 1375 Hall…”I am here in Cleveland Browns territory, right?” he said as he stood before hundreds, with many clad in black and gold “Steel Blitz for Barack” T-shirts. Beside Brown were several former players from rival Pittsburgh Steelers, including hall of fame running back Franco Harris, and even Jim Rooney, son of Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney.

Pro wrestler tattoos Mitt Romney’s logo on face for $15000

Eric Hartsburg shows off his new tattoo, twitter.com

Los Angeles Times   Mon, Oct 29 2012

It’s things like this that make it difficult to be a fan of professional wrestling. Independent pro wrestler Eric Hartsburg, who I’m assume wrestles under the name The Ultimate Idiot, auctioned off tattoo advertising space on his face for $15,000 on EBay. The winner, who has yet to be named, chose the logo of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Hartsburg had the tattoo placed on his right temple.

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World Series

Pelosi, SF Mayor Lee Place World Series Bets With Detroit Counterparts

CBS Local   Wed, Oct 24 2012

Pelosi made the wager with four of her Democratic colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives over whether the San Francisco Giants or Detroit Tigers will win the World Series, starting Wednesday evening at AT&T Park. If the Giants win, Congressmen John Dingell, John Conyers, Sandy Levin and Hansen Clarke—all of whom represent the Detroit area—will have to send Pelosi delicacies from their home city, including chocolate and other foods. But if the Tigers take the title, Pelosi will have to send the Detroit congressmen some chocolate from Ghirardelli, TCHO and See’s Candies.

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing debates San Francisco mayor on World Series, stops short of putting mustache on the line

MLive.com   Wed, Oct 24 2012

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing (L) and San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee (R)

DETROIT, MI – Mayor Dave Bing stopped short of putting his mustache on the line, but didn’t pull any punches in a debate on the World Series with San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee this morning…The two instead agreed to put in a day of service in the winning mayor’s city.

Giants’ Pablo Sandoval gets 300 texts, salute from Hugo Chavez

Los Angeles Times   Thurs, Oct 25 2012

Pablo “Kung Fu Panda” Sandoval

SAN FRANCISCO – …On Wednesday, when Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants became the fourth player ever to hit three home runs in a World Series game, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez tweeted his congratulations…Of the 50 players on both teams, 20 are foreign-born, breaking the previous record of 16. The countries represented, in addition to the United States and Venezuela: the Dominican Republic (nine players) and Puerto Rico (two).

Chavez jokes about Venezuelans in World Series

Yahoo! Canada Sports    Fri, Oct 26 2012

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez joked that so many Venezuelan players are in the World Series that next year it should be played in the South American country. This year a record nine Venezuelans are on the rosters for the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers. Chavez remarked during a televised Cabinet meeting Friday night that if the team’s starting lineups are taken together, Venezuelans account for a third of the players. He referred to President Barack Obama as he joked: ”I think the next World Series, Obama, you’re going to have to play it here in Venezuela, because it’s Venezuelans all over the place.”

Jerry Brown, other elected pols had seats for Giants’ wins in SF

Los Angeles Times   Mon, Oct 29 2012

The Giants’ World Series games against the Detroit Tigers last week in San Francisco were the hottest tickets in town, but while most Californians couldn’t get seats unless they were willing to pay brokers highly inflated prices,  the state’s elected officials were given special access to buy premium tickets from the ballclub. That explained why Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom was sitting in the premium field club seats for Game 1 on Wednesday, where he got to see Pablo Sandoval hit three home runs. The special arrangement for elected officials allowed him to buy two tickets for $535 each, which an aide said was face value. Gov. Jerry Brown and state Attorney Gen. Kamala Harris attended Game 2 on Thursday night, with Brown tweeting a picture from his seat with the message “Great Night in San Francisco.”

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NEWS

Anti-Obama ad to air on ESPN during Ohio State-Penn State game

Columbus Dispatch (blog)   Fri, Oct 26 2012

An anti-Obama political ad sponsored by Crossroads Generation, a Republican-backed  Super PAC, will hit ESPN during the Ohio State-Penn State football game from Happy Valley tomorrow. Game time is 5:30 p.m. The 60-second ad, called The Poster, is a fascinating visual depiction of what the GOP sees as younger voters’ disenchantment with President Barack Obama and his “Change” theme after nearly four years in office. While aimed at younger voters, the potential audience of football fans of all ages will be much greater  airing on ESPN and ESPN2 during the height of the college season.

David Stern: Obama ‘not that good’ at basketball

Washington Post (blog)   Fri, Oct 26 2012

NBA commissioner David Stern said President Obama is “not as good as he thinks he is” at basketball. Stern told Reuters that he is a “loyal” and “passionate” Democrat. But he didn’t let that stand in the way of honestly assessing the president’s on-the-court abilities.“He’s a lefty. He goes the same way every time,” Stern explained. Obama is an avid basketball fan who plays pickup games regularly and counts some of the NBA’s top players among his supporters. “The politics of it is the players appreciate him for who he is and what he has accomplished,” Stern said.

Obama on the NHL lockout: ‘Get this done’

Yahoo! Canada Sports   Thurs, Oct 25 2012

President Barack Obama was asked on the Tonight Show on Wednesday if he could “pull some strings” to end the NHL lockout, and he pulled no punches. The question was submitted by a viewer and was met with much laughter from the studio audience, but Obama insisted: “I do have a comment on this. “Every time these things happen I just want to remind the owners and players: You guys make money because you’ve got awhole bunch of fans out there who are working really hard — they buy tickets, they’re watching on TV. “Y’all should be able to figure this out. Get this done.”

Former President George W. Bush addresses SMU before Saturday’s game with Memphis: ‘He told us to kick (posterior)’

College Sports Blog   Sat, Oct 27 2012

Former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura served as honorary coin flippers before SMU’s game with Memphis, and President Bush addressed the Mustangs with a pre-game speech. “He told us to kick (posterior),” said quarterback Garrett Gilbert. “It was an incredible opportunity to get to meet a guy like that, and then to have him come back and give us kind of a pep talk before the game…that was pretty special.”

Steelers-Giants gets OK from New Jersey governor despite Sandy

CBSSports.com   Fri, Nov 2 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The game between the Super Bowl champion New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday will be played despite transportation and power issues and growing concerns for weary and heartbroken residents displaced and devastated by Superstorm Sandy. Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday and Christie assured him that game would not divert any major resources from relief efforts. Speaking at news conference in Brick at the opening of a FEMA office, Christie said only a few state troopers are assigned to the game and it was really a decision for the NFL to make.

NFL franchises in talks with London Mayor Boris Johnson over Olympic Stadium

Telegraph.co.uk   Tues, Oct 30 2012

National Football League franchises are in talks with London Mayor Boris Johnson’s office over becoming the anchor tenant of the Olympic Stadium, Telegraph Sport can reveal. The discussions began during the NFL regular-season games at the weekend, which brought four gridiron teams to Wembley. Johnson is chairman of the company operating the stadium, the London Legacy Development Corporation. His negotiations could cast a significant shadow over the prospects of West Ham United or Leyton Orient taking over the venue. A spokesman for the mayor, who recently signed a deal doubling the number of regular-season match days the NFL spends in the city to two, said: “Given the ever-growing popularity of gridiron this side of the Atlantic the mayor and his team have held a number of meetings with senior executives in the last few days to explore further opportunities for NFL in London.

Sean Penn given a long to-do list by Bolivian president

OregonLive.com   Wed, Oct 31 2012

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales (R) and Sean Penn (L) in La Paz, Bolivia

LA PAZ, Bolivia — It’s not clear whether Sean Penn knew ahead of his visit to Bolivia of the missions he’d be asked to assume by President Evo Morales. Cabinet chief Juan Ramon Quintana told reporters after Tuesday’s meeting that Morales asked the Oscar-winning actor to defend the chewing of coca leaf before the United Nations, lobby Chile to restore Bolivia’s long-lost access to the Pacific Ocean and help persuade the United States to extradite a former Bolivian president. Penn is already a goodwill ambassador for Haiti, where he has won respect for his post-earthquake charity work.

Nets-Knicks opener in Brooklyn postponed

CBSSports.com   Thurs, Nov 1 2012

NEW YORK (AP) – Barclays Center sits right above a major mass-transit hub, an ideal destination for fans throughout New York. Not right now, though. With those subways knocked out by Hurricane Sandy and no way of knowing how fans would get there, the city’s mayor decided this isn’t the time for a game. So Michael Bloomberg asked the NBA to postpone Thursday’s highly anticipated opener between the Knicks and Nets, and the league agreed Wednesday.

Mayor Bloomberg says NYC Marathon canceled

BlueRidgeNow.com   Fri, Nov 2 2012

NEW YORK — The New York City Marathon is off, and a marathon ride into the city prompted Dwyane Wade to help those still dealing with the horrendous aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the cancellation of the marathon on Friday, just hours after insisting that the race needed to be run Sunday as scheduled to help the city continue recovering from the massive storm. Instead, Bloomberg said the “controversy and division” about whether the race should be run caused the change of plans. “We cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event — even one as meaningful as this — to distract attention away from all the critically important work that is being done to recover from the storm and get our city back on track,” Bloomberg said.

Ex-NFL player aims for US Rep. Labrador’s seat

Albany Times Union   Sat, Oct 27 2012

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — When Jimmy Farris first came back to Idaho to run for Congress, he was best known for his career as a professional football player…In the early days of his first political race, the 34-year-old Democrat from Lewiston says he imagined incorporating those feats into his campaign speeches or a television ad. The ad’s tagline, he says, would go something like this: “Jimmy Farris once ran against a horse and won. He ran against one of the world’s greatest athletes and won. Labrador you’re next.” (Republican incumbent Raul Labrador)

Selig supports Rays’ effort to land new stadium

MLB.com    Fri, Oct 26 2012

A day after Commissioner Bud Selig showed his support for the Rays’ attempt to get a new stadium, St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster denied the team’s request on Friday to explore potential sites in Hillsborough County, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Selig told the media before Game 2 of the World Series between the Tigers and Giants on Thursday that he planned to speak with Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg for an update on the stadium situation, and that he and Sternberg would make a judgment call soon on whether Major League Baseball will continue to be patient with the slow pace of progress in Tampa Bay’s search for a new stadium and site.

Tainted cyclist Lance Armstrong had Livestrong charity lobby on Capitol Hill on his Behalf

New York Daily News    Wed, Oct 24 2012

The relationship between Armstrong and his foundation has been under a microscope since Oct. 10, when USADA released its explosive report explaining why it stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and banned him for life…Meanwhile, Livestrong’s lobbying efforts on behalf of its founder raised ethical red flags, according to Sandra Miniutti, a spokeswoman for Charity Navigator, a watchdog organization…A spokesman for Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY) told the Wall Street Journal this year that Armstrong’s lobbyist, echoing talking points from the embattled cyclist’s lawyers, raised questions about the fairness of USADA’s investigation. Serrano was apparently targeted because he serves on the House Appropriations Committee. About two-thirds of USADA’s $14 million annual budget comes from the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which is funded by Congress.

Schilling calls lawsuit ‘political’

FOXSports.com   Fri, Nov 2 2012

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling on Friday called a lawsuit brought against him by Rhode Island’s economic development agency ”political” and denied wrongdoing in connection with a $75 million loan guarantee the state gave his failed video game company, 38 Studios…Schilling said he had not yet seen the lawsuit, but believes he’s being sued in part because of critical comments he made about Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s handling of the situation. The deal with 38 Studios was struck in 2010, under the leadership of former Republican Gov. Don Carcieri. Chafee, an independent, was harshly critical of the deal as a candidate, but said he wanted to see the company succeed once he became governor. Schilling has accused Chafee of not doing enough to help 38 Studios stay afloat and publicly called him a ”buffoon” and a ”dunce of epic proportions.” Chafee opposed giving the company more financial support after it began having money troubles, saying it did not have a viable plan for survival.

August 6-8, 2012 Headlines: Aly’s Olympic Solute to slain Israelis, Pres pushes tax cut for some, ‘n’ Balling for $

Jewish-American gymnast Aly Raisman wins Olympic gold-medal floor routine, Reuters

Jewish gal shows up IOC with a gold salute to Munich 11

Jewish-American gymnast Aly Raisman wins Olympic gold-medal floor routine, Reuters

New York Post  Tues, Aug 7 2012

It wasn’t a gloved-fist salute from the medal stand, but Jewish-American gymnast Aly Raisman made quite a statement yesterday by winning a gold medal and invoking the memory of the Israeli athletes killed 40 years ago in Munich. Raisman finished first in the women’s floor exercise, but she deserves to have another medal draped around her neck for having the chutzpah to face the world and do what needed to be done and say what needed to be said. At the same Olympic Games where bigoted organizers stubbornly refuse to honor the slain athletes with a moment of silence, 18-year-old Raisman loudly shocked observers first by winning, then by paying her own tribute to 11 sportsmen who died long before she was born.

Obama favors cutting Olympians’ tax bill

CNN (blog)   Mon, Aug 6 2012

These Olympians owe thousands in taxes

(CNN) – When the U.S. Olympic team add to its medal count, it’s not just the fans and Olympians who celebrate. So does the IRS. That’s because the U.S. Olympic Committee awards each medalist with a cash prize – $25,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver, and $10,000 for bronze – money that the U.S. government has always considered taxable income. But the White House on Monday said President Obama favors a proposed bill that would keep Uncle Sam’s hands off Olympic earnings. “The president believes that we should support efforts . . . to ensure that we are doing everything we can to honor and support our Olympic athletes who have volunteered to represent our nation at the Olympic Games,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters…referencing legislation proposed by Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio that would exempt the cash awards associated with Olympic medals.

Barack Obama to fundraise with basketball game featuring Michael Jordan and Carmelo Anthony

President Barack Obama has Michael Jordan, Carmelo Anthony and other basketball stars committed to a fundraising event. (Saul Loeb:Getty Images)

SI.com   Tues, Aug 7 2012

Barack Obama is about to get a boost in his fundraising efforts from a number of big names in the basketball world. According to a report Tuesday afternoon from CBS.com, citing a campaign e-mail, the president will hold an “Obama Classic” basketball game as a fundraiser. Among those scheduled to participate are Michael Jordan, Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving, Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning and Sheryl Swoops.

President or bust: Candidate Mitt Romney meets Harry Caray statue at Chicago Fundraiser

Yahoo! Sports (blog)  Wed, Aug 8 2012

Witth the current occupant of the White House also being a fervent supporter of the Chicago White Sox (no matter what it said on Facebook recently), it makes sense that Republican candidate Mitt Romney would seek the sprawling Chicago Cubs vote. To that end, Romney visited Harry Caray’s restaurant Tuesday to raise campaign funds and to rub, eh, shoulders with the inspiration for the business, Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Caray. Or at least Harry’s bust.

Holy Cow! Mitt Romney & Harry Caray, Getty

No Olympic medal for Ann Romney’s horse Rafalca

Washington Post   Tues, Aug 7 2012

In Tuesday’s Olympic dressage event at Greenwich Park, Rafalca, the 15-year-old mare part-owned by Mitt and Ann Romney, received an individual score of 69.302, which is too low to qualify for the highlight of dressage competitions — Thursday’s Grand Prix Freestyle — meaning the Romneys’ horse is out of medal contention.

Major League Baseball, the New York Mets and New York City unveil the official logo of the 2013 All-Star Game

MLB.com   Tues, Aug 7 2012

FLUSHING, NY – Major League Baseball, the New York Mets and New York City today unveiled the official logo of the 2013 All-Star Game, which will be played at Citi Field on Tuesday, July 16th…”Major League Baseball hit a home run when they chose to hold the 2013 All-Star Game in New York City,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “Incorporating our city’s iconic skyline into the logo highlights that the game will be played on the world’s biggest stage.”

N.J. officials unfazed by lawsuit against plan for sports betting

NorthJersey.com   Tues, Aug 7 2012

Four major professional leagues and the NCAA sued New Jersey on Tuesday, saying that Trenton’s plan to allow betting on athletic competition poses a threat to the integrity of their games. But an array of powerful figures in the state — including the governor and a leading Democratic state senator — shrugged off the lawsuit, saying that a legal battle had been anticipated. “Listen, there’s a federal law that was passed that restricts the states that can participate in sports gambling to just four,” Governor Christie said at a State House press conference. “We believe that law is unconstitutional.”

New York senator, governor announce plans to keep Bills in Buffalo

CBSSports.com   Wed, Aug 8 2012

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the appointment of a sports expert to advise the state in its efforts to secure the Buffalo Bills‘ future in western New York. Sen. Charles Schumer, meantime, said he has asked the National Football League for changes in a stadium renovation loan program that he said would advance the same goal. The moves come as negotiations are under way between the Bills and Erie County and New York state to extend the Bills’ lease at Ralph Wilson Stadium in suburban Buffalo. The current deal expires in July 2013.

Knicks links: Assistant Secretary of State drops Jeremy Lin’s name in Taipei

The Star-Ledger – NJ.com   Mon, Aug 6 2012

Diplomats are regular people (I don’t know any, but that seems reasonable to say) so it’s not a complete surprise that Jose W. Fernandez, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, discussed Jeremy Lin with Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou in an official visit on Monday.According to a post by Kelven Huang and Sofia Wu on the Focus Taiwan Channel’s website, Fernandez, a native New Yorker, said he regretted Lin’s move from the Knicks to the Houston Rockets and added his hope that the California native would return to the Big Apple to finish his career.

Former mayor named head of sports authority

Northwest News and Tribune   Wed, Aug 8 2012

PLANT CITY — A former mayor who helped find a new tenant for the Plant City Stadium complex has been named chairman of the Tampa Sports Authority. Randy Larson, 57, said he looks forward to his year leading the authority, which manages Raymond James Stadium and three Tampa golf courses and is the landlord for George Steinbrenner Field and the Forum. His goal: to make the venues “accessible to the most people,” he said.

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

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

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 9, 2012 Headlines: Presidential bandwagon fan, healthy Olympics, ‘n’ ESPN goes political

AP Photo

Obama jumps on Nationals’ bandwagon

AP Photo

Politico  Mon, 09 Jul 2012

President Obama hasn’t had a change of heart on his favorite baseball team, but he’s been influenced by his years in Washington when it comes to his second favorite.The first-place Washington Nationals are his “second favorite team now after the Chicago White Sox,” the president said in an interview Monday with Las Vegas’s KSNV. Rookie outfielder Bryce Harper, the president added, is “doing great.”

 

ESPN scores with political ads

Politico  Mon, 09 Jul 2012

ESPN will kick off an effort to allow more political ads on college and NFL football programs in October and November, according to a report. The sports network signed on with NCC Media LLC, an ad-sales venture, to sell a larger portion of its advertising time to political campaigns, The Wall Street Journal said. The network is selling NCC advertising inventory that the network would have normally sold to national advertisers for the fall. Ed Hardt, ESPN’s president of global customer marketing and sales, told the newspaper that there is “great demand” for political advertising from “political parties and the super PACs.”

Sacramento aims to land MLB team

Fox Sports Mon, 09 Jul 2012 12:16 PM PDT

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has given up trying to keep an NBA team and is instead aiming to lure a Major League Baseball franchise to his city. Johnson and his Think Big Sacramento task force announced a plan Monday to market California’s capital city as a possible landing spot for a major league team. A plan for a new arena for the Sacramento Kings collapsed earlier this year when team owners Joe, Gavin and George Maloof backed out, saying it didn’t make financial sense for the franchise.

McDonald’s, Coke’s Olympics sponsorship questioned over links to obesity epidemic

ANI via Yahoo! India News Mon, 09 Jul 2012 04:32 AM PDT

London, July 9 (ANI): International Olympic Committee President, Jacques Rogge, has admitted that there is a ‘question mark’ over the sponsorship of the Games by McDonald’s and Coca-Cola over concerns about growing obesity among people. According to The Telegraph, Rogge said the companies had been asked to address the issue, and extending the sponsorship deal for McDonald’s was ‘not an easy decision’.

June 15, 2012 Headlines: Political Sabermetrics, Olympic bi-partisanship, ‘n’ doping

Lance Armstrong

Moneyball’ Godfather Bill James Tackles Politics In Super PAC Age

Huffington Post Fri 15 Jun 2012

WASHINGTON — A political candidate being dramatically outspent by his opponent has few options. He can pin his hopes on a strong debate performance, dig up dirt on the opposition, or cut a particularly buzz-worthy television ad. Or he can do what other industries, led by Major League Baseball, have done before: worship at the altar of Bill James…That’s because much of what James has to offer candidates facing financial deficits is quirky and unconventional. Often it involves throwing the traditional campaign playbook out the window.

“If you’re outspent in a campaign, what you absolutely cannot do is start a pissing contest, pardon my French,” James wrote in an email. “If you’re outspent and you start talking about your opponent being corrupt and senile, you’re in BIG trouble, because he’s got a lot more guns than you have.”

1. Instead of going negative, he advised, a candidate should do the exact opposite. “Talk about your opponent in the nicest terms that you CAN, in order to take certain weapons away from him,” James wrote. “If you’re speaking well of your opponent and your opponent is savaging you, there is a chance he comes off looking like an ass and you can win the election.”

2.  A candidate run on a platform distinct from either major party (anti-drug war, pro-gay rights). Or a candidate could obsess over an issue completely off the beaten path.

Mitt Romney Showed Political Courage And Consistency By Supporting Obama Olympic Bid

Mediaite Fri, 15 Jun 2012 13:42 PM PDT

Color me shocked. After researching Mitt Romney‘s record procurement of federal funds for his 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, and subsequent bragging about it, I did some checking to see how badly he flip-flopped when President Obama flew off to Copenhagen in search of an Olympic bid for Chicago. As it turns out, while all the other conservatives in the world were shaming themselves, Mitt Romney was unqualified in his support.

Barack Obama as the Colorado Rockies

Colorado Rockies center fielder Carlos Gonzalez is unable to catch a double by New York Yankees batter Mark Teixeira. REUTERS:Ray Stubblebine

Washington Post  Fri 15 Jun 2012, 06:30 AM ET

President Obama’s problems heading into the November election are less rooted in the ongoing economic struggles in the country than in a widespread sense of unmet expectations among those who backed him in 2008, according to a recent focus group conducted by Democratic pollster Peter Hart in Colorado. “People are disappointed in economic conditions and the amount of debt the President has racked up, but he hasn’t lost these voters because of these problems. They sense that this is all a show. There is no roadmap, no program, and no conviction of where the President wants to lead the country. Participants say that Obama reminds them of their hometown baseball team, the Colorado Rockies (lots of promise but not a pennant).”

Participants in the group, which consisted of 12 people (10 of whom voted for Obama in 2008, but only four of whom are committed to him in 2012), also compared the president to former Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (“he says all the right things, but when it comes down to it, he can’t perform,” writes Hart) and TV infomercial salesman Billy Mays (“‘too showy,’ putting on ‘a snazzy sales routine’”.)

Lance Armstrong faces fresh doping charges from USADA

Washington Post  Wed 13 Jun 2012

Lance Armstrong

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency brought formal doping charges against former cyclist Lance Armstrong in an action that could cost him his seven Tour de France titles, according to a letter sent to Armstrong and several others. As a result of the charges, Armstrong has been immediately barred from competition in Ironman triathlons, a discipline he took up after his retirement from cycling in 2011.

NFL, military partner to discuss brain injuries

Washington Post  Wed 13 Jun 2012

In a conference room on the third floor of the Pentagon, introductions were made and the conversation quickly turned to concussions…“Just the knowledge of what a concussion is has totally changed,” said Mike Rucker, a retired defensive end who had military personnel seated on either side of him. “We thought a concussion was when somebody was knocked out and was unresponsive. Now we have the understanding, no, it’s those little stars that you see.” Beset by the ongoing concussion issue, the NFL has partnered with the U.S. Army and Marines to try to change attitudes of both athletes and troops toward brain injuries. While the NFL has worked with the USO and sent its athletes to military bases around the world since the 1960s, both sides say this is the first formal undertaking aimed at effecting change on this issue.