Steinbrenners Could Sell the Yankees; Shaq the Boss?
Today in sports: Yankees owners may be tempted by the $2.17 billion fetched by the Dodgers, Jerry Sloan wants to coach again, and why the Vikings can't get a new stadium
Today in sports: The Yankees might be for sale, Jerry Sloan wants to coach again, and why the Vikings can't get a new stadium.
The Steinbrenners might be selling the Yankees. At least according to a lengthy and vague Daily News story. Per a "high-level baseball source" there has been "chatter all around the banking and financial industries in the city for a couple of weeks now" -- you'd think they'd be too busy not talking about the Facebook IPO! -- that Hal and Hank Steinbrenner might want to divest themselves of the closest thing American professional sports has to a mint, because they're jealous of the $2.17 billion sale price of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Steinbrenners have already issued a very Steinbrennerian denial, which will likely do nothing to stop a summer of "Will the Steinbrenners sell the Yankees?" speculation. Fine by us. [New York Daily News]
Madrid, Tokyo, Istanbul. Those are your three finalists to host the 2020 Summer Olympics. Foodies are rooting for Madrid, traffic enthusiasts are pulling for Tokyo, and athletes who enjoy collapsing from heat exhaustion are holding out [AP]
Help wanted. If you're an NBA owner with a vacant head coaching position, brilliant basketball tactician Jerry Sloan would very much like to speak with you. Sloan reportedly has been in contact Charlotte Bobcats owner/alleged mason stiffer Michael Jordan and has also called the now-vacant Orlando Magic job "Intriguing!" a quote that sadly makes the best game coach of his generation -- save Jim Calhoun, that is -- sound like Peter Travers. [The Salt Lake Tribune]
Down and out in St. Paul. And finally, here it is: the definitive account of why the Minnesota Vikings can't get a new publicly-funded stadium, and why that's a crying stadium, even if you're not a fan a fan of cash-strapped municipalities shelling out millions to subsidize sparkling new stadiums. Warning: it's long but it's good. [Grantland]