Now that Prince Fielder left the Milwaukee Brewers and Ryan Braun was at the center of a steroid investigation, the Brewers marketing team turned to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for ticket sales in the 2012 season!
The Los Angeles Dodgers needed a little Magic after what they endured in the past two years, which includes filing for bankruptcy and a bitter divorce between their owners. But yesterday, team owner Frank McCourt announced new owners for the team who have agreed to buy the Dodgers spear-headed by none other than Magic Johnson.
The deal was finalized just hours before the team was supposed to be auctioned off to three potential buyers including another sports connection; St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke. The Dodgers filed for bankruptcy in June of 2011, after team owners Frank and Jamie McCourt failed to settle team ownership in their divorce proceedings.
$2 Billion is the largest ever price tag for a US sports team.
Apparently professional athletes do not get paid enough, AJ Burnett has agreed to pay for teammate Daniel McCutchen’s daughter’s college tuition. When Burnett joined the Pittsburgh Pirates in the off season, he wanted to keep his No.34 jersey. Only problem was McCutchen already had the number.
When Burnett tried to negotiate with McCutchen, he said he would give up the number if Burnett paid his daughter’s college tuition. Lucky for Burnett he has a lot of time because McCutchen’s daughter is due in May.
Although the Theo Epstein compensation has finally come to a resolution, the Boston Red Sox have another headache from the Chicago Cubs on their hands. A Cubs fan bought the domain name to Boston’s new spring training park, JetBlue Park at Fenway South. Eric Engelman is a Fort Myers resident and life long Cubs fan. After seeing the naming rights story on the local news, Engelman bought the domain name for $8.00 on his wife’s GoDaddy account and redirected the website to NewYorkYankees.com
Unbeknownst to the Red Sox front office, Red Sox senior adviser Charlie Steinberg was made aware of the website blunder at a press conference when he typed jetbluepark.com onto his phone. Steinberg told media and Sam Kennedy, executive vice president and chief operating officer, “We’re going to have to look into that.”