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Economy hits college ADs

For the money-generating machine that is the Texas Athletic Department, this is much less of an issue, but it's concerning how the economy is affecting schools around the country. The arms race to pay coaches higher and have bigger and brighter stadiums seems to have taken its toll on everyone but the most financially successful programs.

Graph of the Day: Offense and the Economy

The growth of the economy and baseball's run level have been curiously linked over the past 15 years. Find out how and join in the search for the reason.

Among unfulfilled pledges was a promised donation of $1 million pledge that officials recorded as...

Among unfulfilled pledges was a promised donation of $1 million pledge that officials recorded as an actual pledge. UT declined to identify the donor. [It couldn't have been related to this, could it? --ed.]

Audit: UT overstated pledges by $6.4 million, lacked internal controls : Local News : GoVolsXtra.com

Fewer players starting '09 on DL, MLB.com misses story

According to The Associated Press, the 2009 Major League season began Sunday evening with 69 players on the disabled list, a sharp reduction of injuries compared to 2008, when 106 players began the year on the DL, and 2007, when the number was 97. The only lower total since MLB expanded to 30 teams in 1998, according to the Commissioner's Office, which gave the information to the AP, was the 66 players who opened the season on the DL in 2006. These comparatively healthy Opening Day statistics seem to refute the notion that the recently completed second World Baseball Classic caused more injuries than a normal Spring Training. The inaugural Classic was played in 2006.

The Red Sox: Low Risk/High Reward Strategy

The low-risk strategy. A good one?

Morning Prowl: Zumaya, Porcello, Firesales, and Rumors

A daily trip around the Detroit Tigers news cycle and blogosphere, including Joel Zumaya's progress, Rick Porcello's setback, and the question of whether or not a firesale could be in order.

How the UFC is thriving in the economic downturn

WKR breaks down the business models of the other major sports and sees why the UFC is doing so well where the others are failing

"I just see a lot of dynamics affecting the long range and how we're going to keep this a healthy...

"I just see a lot of dynamics affecting the long range and how we're going to keep this a healthy business," said Minnesota owner and chairman of the NBA owners' group Glen Taylor last week. "I do see some changes that we have under contract. I don't know if we can make those changes as quickly as we probably should."

Hard Times! With economy tanking, 2009 NBA free agents may come up empty

Twitterers to Save Economy

I know you guys love Twitter, so here's your chance to do something important.

Sprints // 02.20.09

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