Haven’t done one of these for a while. Good links in here.
- Governor Jerry Brown will, in fact, sign that LA football stadium bill. Guess he’s not such a sports hater after all. /s
- The Merc’s Mike Rosenberg profiles Jack Hill, the Texas guy who gets things built. What things? Cowboys Stadium and American Airlines Center to name two.
- At Grantland, Malcolm Gladwell juxtaposes the NBA’s talk of financial ruin with the Nets/Atlantic Yards deal.
- According to Biz of Baseball’s Rob Smith, Rays owner Stuart Sternberg needs a stalking horse to get the ball rolling on a new ballpark in Tampa-St. Pete.
- Bleacher Report’s Brandon McClintock has his own debate about what the Willingham situation means for the A’s.
- The NY Times reports that there are red flags over Cal’s ability to pay for the Memorial Stadium makeover.
- As the season ends, Bryan Stow is getting better.
- Oakland Unified School District plans to close as many as 13 schools by the end of the school year, and up to 30 more over the next two years.
- Yesterday’s sellout crowd of 61,546 at the Coliseum was the largest for a Raiders home game in two years (via CSN’s Paul Gutierrez).
- Also in the NY Times is an article that asks if we are in a new dead ball era.
- Rangers Ballpark finished the season with 228 home runs hit there, leading baseball. The Coliseum had 109.
- San Rafael approved a deal to bring a North American League club to the city’s Albert Park.
- It’s worth checking out Merc writer Dan Brown’s chat segment about Moneyball.
- There is expected to be a press conference today in Seattle to announce the 2012 opening series between the A’s and M’s in Japan.
- Added 6:22 PM – The NY Mets know how to play the T-rights game too, having denied the Yankees’ request to temporarily host their AAA affiliate in Newark, NJ for a year while their permanent home in Scranton-Wilkes Barre is renovated.
I’ll add more if I see anything else worth mentioning.