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    SI reports that Yankees slugger Alex (A-ROD) Rodriguez tested positive for anabolic steroids in 2003. Seems as though that everyone's on 'Da Juice'.
    Now it can be assumed that all the biggest stars within Major League Baseball uses or has used performance enhancing drugs. Baseball Fever, Catch It!

    P.S. - Pitchers and Catchers next week!
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  • psycho9985
    Tragic and UnAmerican B.S.
    by psycho9985
    IOC president Jacques Rogge (search) said baseball and softball, two sports invented in America, would be eligible to win their way back into the Olympics for 2016.

    Baseball and softball, which will remain on the program for the 2008 Beijing Games, are the first sports eliminated from the Olympics since polo in 1936.

    "I think they've made a big, big mistake," said Tom Lasorda, the former Dodgers manager who guided the U.S. team to the gold medal in the 2000 Sydney Games. "Baseball is played by all countries now, and softball, too. I think that's really going to hurt the Olympics."

    Bob DuPuy, the major leagues' chief operating officer, said the IOC's decision will "adversely affect millions of sports fans worldwide."

    With two slots open on the program, the IOC voted from a waiting list of five sports: golf, rugby, squash, karate and roller sports. Squash and karate were nominated but rejected overwhelmingly, failing to get two-thirds approval.

    Dropping baseball and softball will remove 16 teams and more than 300 athletes from the Olympics.

    Baseball, which became a medal sport in 1992, has been vulnerable because of steroids in the major leagues and the absence of major leaguers from the Olympics. Softball, a women's only medal sport since 1996 won all three times by the United States, has been in danger because of its association with baseball and a perceived lack of global appeal and participation.

    "The lack of the MLB players I think people have looked and said, `Well, all right, if there's to be a change, that seems to be the logic of it,"' British IOC member Craig Reedie said.

    Among the players who competed in the Olympics before starring in the majors are Jason Giambi, Jason Varitek, Nomar Garciaparra and Ben Sheets.

    Major League Baseball has toughened its drug-testing programs, but they still fall far short of Olympic standards.

    "Problems with doping in U.S. baseball probably cost the sport dearly," Australian IOC member John Coates said.

    Several IOC members also cited high stadium costs associated with both sports, saying baseball and softball venues have little use in some host cities after the games.

    "I feel like somebody who has been thrown out it's certainly not a good feeling," said Aldo Notari, the Italian president of the International Baseball Federation. "I don't think the IOC members know our sport deeply enough."

    Don Porter, the American president of the international softball federation, said his sport's ties to baseball created problems.

    "We tried to keep our distance," he said. "But I think there's still too many people think we're part of baseball. We're absolutely not."

    Cuba has won three of the four gold medals since baseball was first played...
    -07-08-2005, 09:22 PM
  • rams_fan81
    AMERICAN pastime?
    by rams_fan81
    We are out of the tourny, and this isnt basketball, baseball America's pastime.

    This is embarrasing what do u guys think?
    -03-17-2006, 02:45 PM
  • RamWraith
    Lawmakers challenging league policy over sideline coverage
    by RamWraith
    Rams | Lawmakers challenging league policy over sideline coverage
    Tue, 6 Feb 2007 21:14:20 -0800

    The Associated Press reports two Missouri lawmakers are challenging a league policy which prohibits local television stations from covering games on the sidelines. Legislation filed Tuesday, Feb. 6, would force the NFL to allow local television cameras on the sidelines of games hosted by the St. Louis Rams The Rams play in a publicly subsidized stadium. Media denied reasonable sideline access could sue for damages. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league would review the policy this offseason.
    -02-07-2007, 05:13 AM
  • DJRamFan
    Arena league owner isn't sure city is ready for MLB
    by DJRamFan
    By Adam Candee
    <[email protected]>
    LAS VEGAS SUN

    Jim Ferraro moved his Arena Football League franchise from New Jersey to Las Vegas in December 2002, gambling that he could buck the city's history of rejecting even the most noble of sporting franchises.

    And as noble an idea as he feels moving the Montreal Expos to Las Vegas would be, Ferraro said recently that he is just fine watching someone else gamble their money on selling Major League Baseball on the Strip.

    "I'm not so sure it's the right place, but who knows," Ferraro said.

    As he prepares for the Las Vegas Gladiators' third season in town, Ferraro can speak with some authority about the changing sporting climate of the city. He has watched his team draw respectable, but far from overwhelming, crowds for two years at the Thomas & Mack Center, averaging just under 10,000 tickets sold -- and closer to 7,000 actual attendance -- per game in 2004. By Las Vegas historical standards, that is not bad.

    Ferraro acknowledged in 2002 and reiterated Thursday that he did not expect the Gladiators to really establish themselves in Las Vegas until their third season, putting some onus on the upcoming year. He still feels strongly that sports can work in the valley.

    "Vegas is a major-league city," Ferraro said. "It deserves all these sports franchises."

    But that is tempered praise from Ferraro, who went on to say that he would want no more than a small part of the risk involved in relocating baseball's nomad franchise to Las Vegas. To draw the kind of crowds necessary for financial stability through 81 home games over six months, in addition to keeping enough year-round event traffic in the proposed facility to make the building profitable, is an endeavor that Ferraro worries could be a struggle.

    That goes not only for the Expos themselves, but also for the city's credibility in attracting major sports as it continues to grow in size and respectability as a market for professional teams.

    "If it doesn't work, it will be a black eye for Vegas for potential sports teams," Ferraro said.

    His better idea? It's not a new one -- professional basketball in Las Vegas.

    "I personally would be more interested in doing a basketball team than a baseball team because basketball has a track record there," Ferraro said, noting how fans supported UNLV through its heyday in the 1980s and 1990s.

    Success for an outfit such as the Gladiators is measured on a much different scale than it would be for the Expos. Ferraro said that given some anticipated improvement in sponsorship deals in 2005, the Gladiators can certainly be profitable for the first time in three years if they average 12,000 tickets sold per game.

    "We'll actually make a profit next year,"...
    -06-30-2004, 10:07 AM
  • Bar-bq
    Is this a good league right now?
    by Bar-bq
    Every second game is a blowout. I'm watching the Eagles crush the Panthers on MNF right now. There are a few great teams, and then a ton of teams who are just getting trodden on week after week.

    Is this a good league right now?
    -11-10-2014, 07:40 PM
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