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Aug 29-Sept 8, 2012 Headlines: Romney vs. Obama: Political Conventions, NASCAR, ‘n’ Basketball

Romney tries a retool with NASCAR race fans

Romney autographs a racecar at the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Richmond

1070 WINA   Sat, Sept Aug 8 2012

RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) – Mitt Romney tried another lap around the track on Saturday to win over NASCAR stock-car racing fans, but rain put the brakes on his plan. Romney joined Republican Virginia Senate candidate George Allen in serving hotdogs to fans under a tent at the Richmond International Raceway, and hundreds passed through asking for autographs and offering Romney words of support.

Miracle fans favor Obama, according to bobblehead giveaway

The News-Press   Fri, Aug 31 2012

President Barack Obama won the Fort Myers Miracle’s BOBBLECTION on Thursday, but overall, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney seems to be favored nationwide among minor league baseball fans. Bobbleheads featuring the president ran out first at Thursday night’s Miracle game, but just barely. Obama took home 51 percent of the vote while Romney finished with 49 percent, according to the Miracle. Baseball fans lined up at the gates well before Hammond Stadium opened for a chance to have their voices heard at the voting booth. Once fans cast their vote, they received a bobblehead of the candidate they voted for and took their seats to watch the Miracle take on the Charlotte Stone Crabs.

President and First Lady invite US Olympic and Paralympic teams to White House Reception

Insidethegames.biz   Fri, Aug 31 2012

The United States President and First Lady will welcome the American Olympic and Paralympic athletes who competed at London 2012 to the White House for a special reception in their honour on September 14. It will be the second such reception that Barack Obama (pictured top) has hosted after he invited the US Olympic and Paralympic athletes who competed at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games two years ago.

Olympic athletes support Romney in Tampa

USA TODAY   Thurs, Aug 30 2012

Mike Eruzione will be back in the spotlight Thursday night, doing something he never expected. The captain of the U.S. Olympic “Miracle on Ice” hockey team from the 1980 Lake Placid Games is among 11 Olympians expected to appear on the last night of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., before Mitt Romney‘s speech to accept the party’s nomination for president. “I’ve never done anything like this before,” Eruzione said. Eruzione and Romney first met through the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics…”It’s the first time anybody’s ever asked me to be part of something so big,” said Eruzione, who scored the goal that put the U.S. ahead to stay in its fabled 4-3 upset of the Soviet Union in 1980. “I’m not going to get up there and talk about Medicare or job opportunities. I’m going to talk about my relationship with him and Salt Lake City and what I thought was an absolutely incredible job to pull those games together. It could have been a disaster.” The Olympians will certainly add some star power, and it’s become common for campaigns to look for a boost from the sports world. Earlier this month, a number of current and former NBA stars including Michael Jordan, Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony attended a New York campaign fundraiser for President Barack Obama, one that raised an estimated $3 million.

Obama opts for ESPN over RNC

Los Angeles Times   Thurs, Aug 30 2012

TAMPA, Fla. — Twenty million people watched television coverage of the Republican National Convention on Wednesday. Chances are, President Obama was not one of them.

The White House again said Thursday that the president is tuning out the rival party’s gathering in Tampa, using his time instead to focus on official duties like reading briefing books, or maybe catch some live sports…press secretary Jay Carney told reporters Wednesday. “When the TV is on and the president is in the room, it’s usually ESPN.”

If that’s the case, Obama was watching a Cardinals-Pirates baseball game Wednesday instead of Condoleezza Rice, Susana Martinez and Paul Ryan on stage in Florida.

President Obama asked about Stephen Strasburg shutdown

Washington Post (blog)   Sun, Sept 2 2012

Everyone, just about everyone, has been asked to opine about the soon approaching shutdown of Stephen Strasburg…In fact, President Obama may be the highest-ranking official to be asked and offer some thoughts, though incomplete, on the subject.

In his gaggle with reporters aboard Air Force One en route from Boulder, Colo., to Toledo, Ohio on Sunday afternoon, the President’s press secretary, Jay Carney, was asked about baseball fan Obama’s thoughts on the Strasburg shutdown. The following is the exchange:

Reporter: “Mitch McConnell last week endorsed the Washington Nationals’ plan to shut down Stephen Strasburg despite them being in a pennant race.  Does the President share the Senate Minority Leader’s view that the team should shut down their best pitcher?”

Carney: “Well, I have had this discussion with him, although not this week.  As I think he’s mentioned, he’s following the Nationals closely.  He is, first and foremost, a diehard Chicago White Sox fan, and that hasn’t changed.  But I think he has, like all of us in Washington, been caught up in the remarkable success of the Washington Nationals this season.  And I don’t have a firm opinion to state for you about whether — from the President about whether or not Stephen Strasburg should be shut down, as you say.  But he –”

Reporter: “Shouldn’t he have an opinion?”

Thune: I could beat Obama at basketball

Washington Post (blog)   Wed, Aug 29 2012

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) kicked off his convention speech on a different note: By talking about basketball. He joins Ohio Gov. John Kasich in insulting the administration’s sports skills. Thune said he is still waiting for President Obama to invite him over for a game. But he expressed confidence he could take the president one-on-one. In doing so, he also let fly a partisan jab. “I can tell you this. President Obama would be easy to defend because you know he is always going to go to his left,” Thune said.

Ohio Governor Claims Biden Stinks at Golf But Says He’s Good

New York Magazine   Wed, Aug 29 2012

After bragging about Mitt Romney’s impact on the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City during his speech Tuesday at the Republican National Convention, Ohio Governor John Kasich took a turn for the awkward. “Folks, let me tell you this – Joe Biden disputes a lot of those facts, but Joe Biden told me that he was a good golfer. And I’ve played golf with Joe Biden, I can tell you that’s not true, as well as all of the other things that he says.”

Ohio Gov. John Kasich praises Brooklyn Nets part-owner Jay-Z at the Republican National Convention

Yahoo! Sports (blog)   Thurs, Aug 30 2012

During a Wednesday panel discussion in Tampa, Fla., Ohio Gov. John Kasich praised Brooklyn Nets part-owner Jay-Z as a model of entrepreneurship whose success presents a compelling argument for increased emphasis on business development and ownership in America’s urban communities.

Sen. Kay Hagan sings Cam Newton’s praises at DNC event

Bizjournals.com (blog)   Tue, Sept 4 2012

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan is impressed with Carolina Panthers star quarterback Cam Newton. The Greensboro Democrat gave Newton a shout-out during a Democratic National Convention event Tuesday morning at Wake Forest University’s campus in uptown Charlotte. She recalled a recent meeting with Newton in her D.C. office in which Newton and some middle-schoolers he was mentoring paid her a visit. Concerning her impression of Newton and his mentoring initiative, Hagan added: “He is really transforming these kids lives.” But there was no Cam Newton sighting uptown Tuesday. With the Panthers traveling to Tampa, Washington Redskins star linebacker London Fletcher joined politicos and local students at the financial literacy promotion.

John Wall on his support for Barack Obama

Washington Post (blog)   Wed, Aug 29 2012

Thomas also chatted with Wall about his support of the reelection campaign and why he’s not afraid to be public about it. “I think it’s a great cause and for all of us basketball players to come out here and support the President…[it] means a lot. The middle class and lower class he’s trying to get better jobs for them. It doesn’t all happen in four years. It may take eight years to really get us where we need to go. I honestly don’t know why people think athletes are afraid of politics – we’re not afraid. It’s just that sometimes we want to be careful not to say the wrong thing, but we’re definitely not afraid. You see by all of us being involved here today that we aren’t afraid.”

Sacramento mayor urges Louisville to be prepared if it wants the NBA

The Business Journal   Thurs, Aug 30 2012

Sacramento, Calif., Mayor Kevin Johnson is fighting to keep his NBA team from leaving town, and there are some Louisvillians who would like to see it move here. Johnson, a former NBA star, jokingly told about 1,000 people at today’s 2012 Leadership Louisville Luncheon: “Don’t take my team.”…Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, who recently floated the idea of revisiting the recruitment of an NBA franchise to the city, said there aren’t any current talks going on with any professional teams. But he echoed Johnson’s opinion that the city needs to be ready. “We have some issues, obviously,” Fischer said, speaking specifically about the University of Louisville’s restrictive lease agreement at the Yum Center. “We’ve got to be positioned to win.”

Richmond to narrow Redskins sites to 2 today

Inside NoVA   Thurs, Aug 30 2012

RICHMOND, Va. Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones received recommendations today to build a summer training camp for the Washington Redskins on either state property behind the Science Museum of Virginia on West Leigh Street or City Stadium next to the Downtown Expressway near Byrd Park…The estimated cost to develop the site is $9 million to $10 million.

Bill Clinton defeats NFL in Wednesday viewership

Washington Post   Thur, Sept 6 2012

By the time the dust settled, the NFL’s season kickoff game Wednesday between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys had fumbled away about 3 million viewers compared with last year’s season starter. For about one hour of Wednesday’s game — in which the Cowboys beat the Giants, 24-17 — it competed for viewers against Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention. The game averaged 23.123 million viewers from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. The former president’s address — which began about 10:30 p.m. and wrapped at 11:22 p.m. — averaged 22.769 million viewers across a collection of commercial networks, including ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News Channel. That puts Clinton just 354,000 viewers behind the Giants and Cowboys.

Craig Robinson recruits at DNC

ESPN (blog)   Wed, Sept 5 2012

…Oregon State head men’s basketball coach Craig Robinson is the brother of First Lady Michelle Obama. You may have heard about this once or twice in the past few years.  These two facts came together once more Tuesday night, when Michelle Obama gave a rousing and well-delivered speech* on behalf of her husband’s bid for re-election. Robinson was in the building, but his presence wasn’t limited to frequent crowd-reaction shots during his sister’s speech. As he did at the 2008 DNC, Robinson took the stage — this time with President Obama’s sister, Maya Soetoro-ng — to lobby on behalf of his sister’s efforts to support military family initiatives and nutritional programs for American children. And he even snuck in a recruiting pitch: “I’m Craig Robinson, Michelle Obama’s big brother, father of four and head coach of Oregon State University’s men’s basketball team. Any seven-footers out there, gimme a call! […] “[Michelle’s] still the kind little sister she always was—now she’s just sticking up for those who stand up for us. And I’m proud of her work to give our children a healthier start in life. Let’s face it, Maya, I’m going to need the recruits!”

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

August 17-21, 2012 Headlines: Sports Cash for Obama & Romney, Augusta admits Rice, ‘n’ RI’s Guv called dunce

NBA political donations to Obama and Romney revealed

Sheridan Hoops   Sat, Aug 18 2012

NBA owners, players and coaches are taking sides in the 2012 U.S. presidential election, with players and coaches favoring incumbent Democrat Barack Obama and most owners supporting Republican challenger Mitt Romney…largest individual donation was $15,000 (to the Romney campaign) by Michael Gearon of the Atlanta Hawks’ ownership group.

Romney supporters: Rockets general manager Daryl Morey donated $8,500 to the Romney campaign (outspending his colleague in Boston, Danny Ainge, by $6,000), and $7,500 Romney donations were made by Pat Riley (Miami Heat president), Herb Simon (Indiana Pacers owner), and Thunder minority owner Aubrey McClendon, who donated $2,500 more than principle Oklahoma City owner Clay Bennett.

Obama supporters: Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers and San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich donated $5,000 apiece, as did players Baron Davis, Vince Carter and Grant Hill. NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silverdonated $2,000. Among owners, Ted Leonsis of the Washington Wizards donated $5,500, and Philadelphia 76ers CEO Adam Aron went into his wallet for $5,000 for the Obama campaign.

Who Do Pro Sports Owners Back For President?

Yahoo Sports   Mon, Aug 20 2012

If you ever had any doubts on which way your local owners lean politically, WNYC has documented how they are spending their money so far this election cycle. Here are some interesting revelations from the station’s research into the political contributions of owners in the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB: — Owners from these four leagues have given $1,992,050 to 2012 national election efforts. Republican committees and Mitt Romney received nearly $1.25 million of that.
– Braves owner Gregory Maffei was the largest single donor with $157,500 to Romney and various Republican groups.
– The Dodgers have given the most as a team, with four owners, including Magic Johnson, totaling nearly $180,000 in contributions to President Obama’s re-election.

Mitt Romney nearly bobbles Yankees fan’s vote

New York Daily News   Mon, Aug 20 2012

Mitt Romney may have nearly whiffed with one Yankees fan in New Hampshire Monday, but running mate Paul Ryan was there in the clutch to try to save the vote. Romney — the former governor of Massachusetts and a Red Sox fan — ragged on the Bronx Bombers while taking a question from a New York fan at a town hall meeting at St. Anselm College. He reportedly broke into a riff on a story he told at a South Carolina town hall about Johnny Damon being traded to New York by Boston, with the punchline being (drumroll, please): “We all hate Yankees.”
“But not you, Sir,” said Ryan for the save. “We love you.” The forgiving fan — who remained nameless in a crowd of thousands who showed up to hear the White House hopefuls — replied, “I back winners and that’s why I’m backing you.”

Schilling calls RI gov ‘dunce of epic proportions’

OneNewsNow   Tues, Aug 21 2012

Former major league baseball pitcher Curt Schilling, whose video gaming company recently collapsed, called the governor a “dunce of epic proportions.” Schilling, who won a World Series with the Arizona Diamondbacks and then two with the Boston Red Sox, criticized independent Gov. Lincoln Chafee in a Saturday exchange on Twitter about the collapse of 38 Studios, which got a $75 million loan guarantee from the state in 2010. Schilling tweeted that “if the state loses money it’s because the Governor is a dunce of epic proportions, nothing I can do about that.” In follow-up tweets on Monday, Schilling also called the governor a “buffoon” and called the prospect of him getting re-elected in 2014 “terrifying.” Chafee told WPRO-AM that Schilling’s comments were “regretful.”

Augusta, home of the Masters golf tournament, admits first women

Los Angeles Times   Mon, Aug 20 2012

A decade after former Augusta National Golf Club chairman Hootie Johnson swore that the home of the Masters golf tournament would not admit women “at the point of a bayonet,” the club has quietly invited two prominent women to join. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore have accepted membership invitations, the club announced Monday — 22 years after admitting its first black members.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan to Speak at “Oakland Loves its Sports Teams Week Rally

The Raider Nation Times   Tues, Aug 21 2012

The city of Oakland will hold “Oakland Loves Its Sports Teams” Week in order to show its professional sports teams how much the city cares about them, according to the office of Mayor Jean Quan.

When it comes to sports, Congress has historically spent the most time on the national pastime.

Fox News Radio, Oustide the Lines

That may only be fitting. As far back as the 1890s, there were debates in Congress about whether the Sherman Antitrust Act applied to professional baseball. A landmark 1922 Supreme Court case ruled that baseball was exempt from antitrust rules as the sport was not “interstate commerce.” And since then, Congress periodically threatens to revoke baseball’s antitrust exemption when things go awry. Such was the case when Congress investigated steroid use in the game in 2005 and during the 1994 labor stoppage which cancelled the World Series.

DC mayor embraces his alter ego — first baseman

Washington Post   Mon, Aug 20 2012

Mayor Vincent C. Gray stood up from his desk at city hall at just before 9 p.m. Wednesday, took off his dress shirt and charcoal suit, and put on his other uniform, a red jersey with “Dragons” in white lettering across the chest, matching pin-striped pants and a red cap. His two bats and first baseman’s glove were in a duffel bag stowed in the back of the Lincoln Navigator waiting downstairs….Softball for the mayor, at 69, remains what it has been for decades, a joyous excursion from the pressures of work and a source of not-inconsiderable regret.

Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller wins amateur MMA debut, retires from Politics

MMAjunkie.com   Mon, Aug 20 2012

For Ross Miller, the decision to take an amateur MMA fight was not something he took lightly. A longtime fan of the sport with several years of training under his belt, Miller wasn’t certain he had the skills necessary to be successful, but he wanted to test himself in actual competition.

Akron mayor honors NBA MVP LeBron James Sunday at Akron Aeros game

NewsNet5.com   Sun, Aug 19 2012

AKRON, Ohio – LeBron James is back in his hometown of Akron where he’s being honored by the mayor at an Akron Aeros game. Mayor Don Plusquellic will pay tribute to James during the Akron Aeros minor league baseball game Sunday afternoon. James came home to Akron with a gold medal from the Olympics and his first NBA title that he won with the Miami Heat.

Steve McMichael: Mayor? Former Chicago Bear Throws Hat Into Ring For Romeoville Race

Huffington Post   Sat, Aug 18 2012 Steve McMichael #76 of the Chicago Bears (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Steve “Mongo” McMichael has worn a lot of hats: he’s won a Super Bowl game as a defensive tackle for the Chicago Bears, served as an analyst for ESPN pregame shows, operates Mongo McMichael’s Restaurant and Sports Bar and is currently the head coach of the Chicago Slaughter indoor football team. On Thursday, McMichael threw his hat into another ring, announcing his candidacy for mayor of suburban Romeoville.

President Hu greets Chinese Olympians

Chinese top leaders and Olympians (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)(mcg)

Xinhua   Fri, Aug 17 2012 

BEIJING, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) — President Hu Jintao on Friday greeted the Chinese mainland’s delegation to the London Olympic Games and called for more efforts in promoting scientific development of sport. Hu extended congratulations to the athletes, coaches and staff members of the delegation and thanked them for winning honor for the country and the Chinese people. Hu encouraged the members to draw experience from the games and contribute more in enhancing the country’s sport.

Time for 1972 Dolphins to visit White House

Sun-Sentinel   Sat, Aug 18 2012

…In recent days, President Barack Obama has congratulated Olympians, picked the Dream Team over this year’s U.S. Olympic basketball team, claimed he wasn’t a fan of Tim Tebow on the Jets, and generally shown how, as the Wall Street Journal said when 18 athletes or teams once visited the White House in a six-month span, he’s “the Sports President.” Except one sparkling invitation is missing…the 1972 Dolphins…trip to the White House? Wouldn’t that be a special moment on the 40th anniversary of their Perfect Season?

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

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.

August 5, 2012 Headlines: Mr. Prez: Birthday Golf, Call me maybe but tweet me, ‘n’ Royal Cheerleaders

Obama Spends 51st Birthday Playing Golf

Daily Political   Sun, Aug 5 2012

President Barack Obama spent his 51st birthday Saturday with a round of golf. The president played with friends and colleagues at the Andrews Air Force Base. Then he took the Marine One to Camp David for a quiet evening off the presidential campaign trail.

Call from the President? OK, but athletes prefer his tweets

USA TODAY  Sun, Aug 5 2012

LONDON – The tweet came before the phone call. The president was on the line, but he was old news. Michael Phelps had heard from him in a 140-character burst on Twitter. It’s no longer, “Let my people get in touch with your people.” President Obama can contact the most decorated Olympian instantly, and Phelps can tweet back his gratitude. Teen pop star Justin Bieber can congratulate 17-year-old swimmer Missy Franklin after she won the first gold medal of her Olympic career, giving her a surprise almost as wonderful as that medal.

London 2012 Olympics: William, Kate and Harry’s Olympic effort to ‘sell’ UK to the World

Telegraph.co.uk   Sun, Aug 5 2012

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry celebrate in the Velodrome Photo- REX FEATURES

Their daily presence at Olympic events sporting Team GB polo shirts has seen the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry emerge as the most visible brand ambassadors for UK plc during the Games. While all three share a keen interest in sport, the royal trio, who have attended up to four Olympic events a day while also meeting with foreign dignitaries and international business figures, have embarked on a dedicated push to “sell” the UK to the world during and beyond the Olympic Games. A royal aide said: “The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry have been throwing themselves into the Olympics with gusto as they recognise that the Games provides a unique moment for the country to sell itself and they recognise they are in a unique position to represent the nation to our friends and partners around the world.”

Christie critical of Giants, Jets suit

Asbury Park Press

HACKENSACK — As a sports fan, Gov. Chris Christie has cheered on New Jersey-New York market teams at every turn, but two teams recently fell off Christie’s list of favorites. Christie last week said the NFL Jets and Giants are “anti-New Jersey” because of a lawsuit the teams filed against Triple 5, developer of the former Xanadu project (now known as American Dream). The lawsuit is preventing “thousands of people” from beginning construction jobs and more people from getting permanent jobs inside the shopping and entertainment mall when work is complete, he said…The teams are seeking an injunction against Triple 5 over concerns about the impact the mall with indoor amusement and water parks will have on game-day traffic.

August 3-4, 2012 Headlines: Presidential Gymnastics, Rafalca places 13, ‘n’ Obama avoids date/land in the middle of one

Obama and Romney’s political gymnastics

Washington Post  Fri, Aug 3 2012

At NBC, to say we have Olympics fever is an understatement. For a few short weeks every four years, the Games overtake the presidential campaign as the more compelling news event. But competing in the Olympics and running for the White House have some things in common…Let’s use a sport that’s popular and one that, if President Obama and Mitt Romney actually tried it, would surely entertain audiences more than your typical stump speech: women’s gymnastics. Let the games begin!

Obama to US Olympic team: ‘Your country could not be prouder’

The Hill (blog)   Fri, Aug 3 2012

President Obama stepped away from election-year battles to praise America’s athletes who are competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, telling them “your country could not be prouder of you.” In his weekly address, Obama said the competitors showed the nation that “for all our differences, we’re Americans first” and that their efforts had “brought us all together this week.”

Ann Romney ‘thrilled’ by horse’s performance in Olympics

Los Angeles Times   Thurs, Aug 2 2012

Ann Romney stayed behind in London to watch her trainer, Jan Ebeling, and Rafalca, the mare she co-owns, compete in the dressage ring Thursday. Ebeling and Rafalca, part of the U.S. Olympic Equestrian team, finished 13th in their first test — the individual grand prix competition — with a score of 70.243%. The Los Angeles Times’ Helene Elliott reported that Romney pronounced herself “thrilled to death with the performance.”

German rower leaves London after reported ties to neo-Nazis surface

Yahoo! Sports  Fri, Aug 3 2012

Nadja Drygalla, a German rower who already competed at the Olympics, is on her way home from London a bit earlier than she intended. Drygalla decided to leave the Games after reports surfaced that she is connected to a neo-Nazi group in Germany. Drygalla’s boyfriend is reportedly a leader of the Rostock National Socialists, a group German intelligence describes as neo-Nazi and racist.

Picture of Obama holding baseball bat angers Turkish political circles

New York Daily News   Sat, Aug 4 2012

Barack Obama’s publicity team were thrown a curve ball this week when a photo of the president holding a baseball bat intended to promote friendship with an important ally did just the opposite. Speaking with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Monday about the escalating crisis in Syria, Obama was photographed holding a baseball bat signed by legendary player Hank Aaron. In the shot, the president looks relaxed and contemplative. But some Turkish leaders didn’t seem to think so. “The photo reveals from whom our Prime Minister receives orders to rule the country,” Metin Lutfi Baydar, an opposition politician for Turkey’s Republican People’s Party (CHP) party, said in a statement. Another CHP leader, party vice president Umut Oran, called the picture “an implicit insult to Turkey and its citizens” in Parliament, Reuters reports.

Obama Clears a Baseball Hall of Fame Coin

Wall Street Journal   Fri, Aug 3 2012

Despite earlier criticism from the White House, President Barack Obama signed a bill to mint new coins honoring the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y…H.R. 2527, the “National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act.” The measure, calling upon the Treasury Department to mint new coins honoring the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. was sponsored by Rep. Richard Hanna, a New York Republican whose district includes the Hall of Fame. A companion Senate bill was sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.).

Virginia Gov discusses deal to move Redskins’ camp

CBSSports.com   Sat, Aug 4 2012

ASHBURN, Va. — Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell says the Washington Redskins have chosen four sites in Richmond at which they hope to hold their training camp next year. McDonnell, speaking at the Redskins’ “Fan Appreciation Day” at Redskins Park, said executives will make on-site assessments next week. In June, McDonnell announced a financial package that would relocate the team’s three weeks of training camp each summer from Ashburn to the state capital in exchange for public funding in renovating their year-round facility. The package includes a $4 million investment by the state and $2 million from Loudoun County, as well as $400,000 from the city of Richmond to fund capital improvements at the eventual training camp site. The Redskins estimate the cost of renovations to their facility, which opened in 1992, at $30 million.

Rex Ryan avoids debate with Obama

Newsday  Fri, Aug 3 2012

CORTLAND, N.Y. — The media sat in stunned silence, unsure of what to make of the dead air. Reporters anxiously had been awaiting a Rex Ryan comeback, certain the Jets‘ coach had stayed up all night crafting witty one-liners. But when pressed Friday for a reaction to President Barack Obama‘s negative stance on the Tim Tebow trade, he surprisingly bit his tongue. “The president of the greatest country there is, and he’s talking about the New York football team,” Ryan said with a smile. “I’ll say this, I respect President Obama. And I respect the fact that this is his opinion.”

Serena Williams and Condoleezza Rice among the unexpected football fans in `My Team’ campaign

Newser   Fri, Aug 3 2012

Football fans will soon be pulling out their jerseys, but a few have gotten a jump on the season: Serena Williams, Melania Trump and Condoleezza Rice are among the NFL fans who’ll be appearing in ads promoting team-themed apparel and gear next week in a campaign called “It’s My Team.”

August 1-2, 2012 Headlines: Penn get statesman oversight, Phelps Gold ‘n’ Proposed Medal tax cut

NCAA tabs former Sen. George Mitchell as PSU integrity monitor

Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, D-Maine, AP Photo:Dennis Cook

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review  Wed, Aug 1 2012

STATE COLLEGE — Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell will serve as the independent athletics integrity monitor at Penn State University for the NCAA. The NCAA announced Mitchell’s five-year appointment on Wednesday…Mitchell will evaluate Penn State’s compliance with the agency’s sanctions and the integrity agreement with the NCAA and Big Ten. College sports’ governing body says Mitchell will have “broad access to campus, personnel and records” and make any recommendations necessary for Penn State to comply with its requirements.

Michael Phelps’ Twitter Gets Tweets From Obama, Pele, Lil Wayne

Huffington Post   Wed, Aug 1 2012

LONDON (Reuters) – In 2008, the congratulations came by telephone: “If you can handle eight gold medals, you can handle anything,” then U.S. President George W. Bush told Michael Phelps after he swept the board at the Beijing Olympics. It was a sign of the times that just four years later, at the so-called Twitter Games, it was via the social media site that dozens of friends, musicians, sports celebrities and even the U.S. President showered Phelps with good wishes after he became the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time.”Congrats to Michael Phelps for breaking the all-time Olympic medal record. You’ve made your country proud. – bo,” Obama, who tweets as @BarackObama, wrote. Messages from Obama are often written by his team, but the initials identify the rare messages that come directly from the president. Phelps was quick to respond: “Thank you Mr. President!! It’s an honor representing the #USA !! The best country in the world!!”

Rubio proposes Olympic tax loophole

MiamiHerald.com (blog)   Wed, Aug 1 2012

It’s doubtful that, say, Michael Phelps needs a tax break, but Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., announced Wednesday he was introducing the Olympic Tax Elimination Act, which would exempt U.S. Olympic medal winners from paying taxes on their medals.  His office notes that Olympians who win medals also receive honorariums: cash payments of $25,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze. We’re checking with the IRS to determine whether there’s a special tax for Olympians, or whether it all gets taxed as income. And whether the winners of the Nobel Prize, for example, also face similar taxes. Rubio’s spokesman said that Americans for Tax Reform, headed by Grover Norquist, brought the idea to the senator’s attention.

First fan: Russian President Vladimir Putin, a black belt, takes in Olympic judo

Washington Post  Thurs, Aug 2 2012

LONDON — He clenched his fists at times, leaned back nervously at others. And when his compatriots won Olympic gold, he leaped from his seat and thrust his arms skyward. A common fan reaction — from an uncommon fan. Vladimir Putin was one thrilled Russian president on Thursday. The longtime judo enthusiast had a VIP seat to watch Tagir Khaibulaev win the 100-kilogram gold medal. When the match ended, Putin led the celebration

Ann Romney’s horse fails to win dressage but avoids offending British

The Guardian   Thurs, Aug 2 2012

Rafalca, the horse owned by Ann Romney, competes in London 2012

Rafalca, owned by Mrs Mitt Romney, was impeccably behaved and well received by Olympic equestrians in Greenwich

New era of sports diplomacy

Politico   Thurs, Aug 2 2012

The State Department, like the rest of America, has its eyes fixed on the London Olympics. But officials there aren’t just rooting for Team USA — they’re also looking for new recruits. Today’s gold medalists, after all, are tomorrow’s sports diplomats. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has been sending renowned Olympic coaches and athletes, including Michelle Kwan, Evan Lysacek, Kate Markgraf and Misty May-Treanor, around the globe as part of its SportsUnited initiative, which aims to strengthen ties with other countries by teaching sports to underserved youth.

President Obama doesn’t endorse Jets’ QB situation

USA TODAY   Thurs, Aug 2 2012

(CNN)–It’s still a mystery why President Barack Obama was holding a baseball bat during his telephone conversation with Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan

Obama was a guest on 97.1 The Fan in Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday and offered his thoughts on the tenuous situation between Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. “I gotta tell you, I don’t like the idea of a quarterback controversy at the start of a season,” Obama said, via the New York Daily News. “So if I was a Jets fan, I’d be pretty nervous. Sanchez is not Tom Brady yet, but he led them to the playoffs two years in a row. I think Tim Tebow seems to be a wonderful young man, and he’s got just a great winning attitude. He really steps up when things count.”

Racing presidents continue Olympic tributes with fencing

Washington Post (blog)  Thurs, Aug 2 2012

The racing presidents are continuing with their Olympic tributes. Tuesday it was race walking. Last night, fencing. It was Teddy’s race to lose as it was essentially a one-man contest with sword-bearing presidents as obstacles. Abe and George were easy targets, but Tom is apparently a fencing novice opposite of novice. It’s a little surprising that George, a former general, isn’t better with a sword.

Joe Biden adds to list of Nats’ high-powered visitors

Washington Post (blog)  Thurs, Aug 2 2012

The VP, with principal owners Debra Lerner Cohen and Ed Cohen. Photos via the Nationals

Nats Park seems to be a popular destination for government heavyweights. Vice President Joe Biden’s visit

President Obama’s campaign will host a basketball themed fund-raiser at Chelsea Piers

Capital New York  Thurs, Aug 2 2012

President Obama’s campaign will host a basketball themed fund-raiser at Chelsea Piers later this month. “Please join basketball’s greatest super stars and shoot some hoops to benefit the Obama Campaign in New York City,” says an invitation for the event on August 22. Tickets are $250 for an autograph session; for $5,000 a parent and child get a “shoot around skills session” with the players.

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 6, 2012 Headlines: Vacations, Bills Stadium, ‘n’ Casino battles in Miami

Why are Obama and Romney so bad at vacationing?

Yahoo! News Fri, 06 Jul 2012 08:56 AM PDT

Barack Obama may be the first president to write his way into the White House with his two autobiographies, but his first summer vacation as president did little to enhance his reputation as a bookish intellectual. During his one-week vacation on Martha’s Vineyard in August 2009 (interrupted by Ted Kennedy’s funeral), Obama played golf compulsively, worked in some half-court basketball, obsessed over his morning fitness routine, took on Michelle in tennis and went biking and swimming with his daughters. About all that was missing from this grueling athleticism were the Romney family sports of water-skiing and dressage.

The revelation that Obama, left to his own devices on vacation, is a competition-addicted jock should embarrass liberal Democrats. All through George W. Bush’s star-crossed presidency, liberals mocked his obsessive commitment to physical fitness as a symbol of Texas shallowness. Elaborate air castles of dubious psychological theories were built around the notion that Bush’s addiction to exercise was part of the same compulsive personality that once led him to heavy drinking. But when Obama displayed the same single-minded fanaticism about physical fitness, Democrats (when they mentioned it at all) chalked it up to the president’s well-rounded personality.

Erie County exec plays hardball with Bills

Fan Nation 08:01 AM Fri, 06 Jul

During this relative downtime on the NFL calendar, a political football is being tossed around in Western New York, where Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz vows to have much of a new stadium lease hammered out by the start of training camp next month. “They (The Bills) want more than I think they know they’re going to get,” Poloncarz told WGRZ-TV. “But but we’re not going to give away the store to keep the team here. We’re going to ensure that this team is economically viable and is kept here for many years. … [I] feel confident that when all is said and done that we’re going to get a lease that is fair for all, and keeps the Buffalo Bills in this community so that they’re the Buffalo Bills, not the Los Angeles Bills,” Poloncarz said.

Strength and Honor event in N. Tulsa

KJRH-TV TulsaFri, 06 Jul 2012 10:31 AM PDT

The Miccosukee Indian Tribe’s logo adorns the roof of Marlins Park in Little Havana. AL DIAZ : MIAMI HERALD STAFF

TULSA – Mayor Dewey Bartlett will join a couple of former NFL players Friday evening in an event to help provide Tulsa kids with positive activities, experiences and special events during summer…Former NFL players and brothers, Shawn and Jerome King, will share their story of overcoming poverty and gangs and will demonstrate feats of strength by breaking bricks and ripping apart phone books with their bare hands.

Magic City Casino unhappy with Miccosukee sign at Miami Marlins Park

Miami Herald06 Jul 2012

Miami’s Magic City Casino believes Miami-Dade County is breaking a contractual agreement by allowing the Miami Marlins to carry advertising for a competitor — the Miccosukee Indian Tribe — on the exterior of the stadium.

June 11, 2012 Headlines: Kings win first Stanley Cup, Baller in Chief has no NBA finals prediction, ‘n’ an NBA return to Seattle?

LA Kings win their first Stanley Cup

LA King win first Stanley Cup, Dave Sandford:NHLI:Getty Images

beat New Jersey Devils 6-1 in Game 6 of the finals

Obama passes up chance to predict Finals winner

 Sports Illustrated Mon, 11 Jun 2012 17:19 PM PDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Politically speaking, you’d think President Barack Obama would have a free pass to pick a winner in the NBA championship. The game pits the Oklahoma City Thunder from solidly Republican Oklahoma against the Miami Heat, in the crucial swing state of Florida. Asked by a television reporter from Reno, Nev., to predict a winner on Monday Obama demurred. Obama, an avid basketball fan, said, quoting: “Both teams look terrific and I am looking forward to a good series. Hopefully, it will go to seven games. But I can’t make a prediction right now. They both look pretty tough.”

Seattle mayor meets with NBA head in New York

KOMO Seattle Mon, 11 Jun 2012 16:10 PM PDT

SEATTLE (AP) – Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has delivered a personal message to NBA Commissioner David Stern, saying the city is interested in having the league come back. McGinn’s spokesman Aaron Pickus said McGinn met with Stern in New York on Monday. A new ownership group took the Seattle Sonics to Oklahoma City in 2008. Now playing as the Thunder, Oklahoma City faces the Miami Heat when the NBA finals begin Tuesday. A hedge-fund manager has proposed building a nearly $500 million arena south of Safeco and CenturyLink fields in Seattle. The amount of public support would be $200 million if an NBA and NHL franchise moved to Seattle. McGinn backs the plan, but some business interests worry traffic would impede commerce in the city’s industrial area. The City Council and King County Council are scrutinizing the proposal.

Governor tours improvements at Kentucky Speedway

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (C) at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky., to Speedway Motorsports CEO Bruton Smith, left, and speedway general manager Mark Simendinger, right, Monday, June 11, 2012. (AP Photo:Garry Jones)

Associated Press via Yahoo! Finance Mon, 11 Jun 2012 12:04 PM PDT

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Steve Beshear toured the Kentucky Motor Speedway on Monday to view new infrastructure improvements designed to ease traffic problems that marred the track’s debut race of NASCAR’s top series last year. The state contracted $3.7 million for road improvements to expand Kentucky 35 and Interstate 71, and Speedway general manager Mark Simendinger estimates the track has spent $8 million to $10 million focused on parking an additional 15,000 to 20,000 vehicles. The track’s signature event, the Quaker State 400, is set for June 30.

David Diehl may be a good guy, but he made a very big mistake. (Getty Images)

Giants’ OL David Diehl is the latest NFL DUI case

Shutdown Corner Mon, 11 Jun 2012 08:58 AM PDT

Just two days after he met with President Obama at the White House as part of the New York Giants‘ Super Bowl coronation, and just a few hours after he was watching Croatian soccer and attending a charity event at Westchester Country Club, Giants offensive lineman David Diehl was charged with driving while intoxicated after he hit two parked cars in Queens.

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