• Los Angeles to Substitute as 2024 Olympic Bid City?

    by Rachel Axon, @RachelAxon, USA TODAY Sports July 2015

    With the USOC announcing Monday it had jointly decided with Boston 2024 to end the group's beleaguered bid process, it is looking for a city to put forward.

  • Opinion: USOC to Blame for Boston Olympic Bid Debacle

    by Christine Brennan,, USA TODAY Sports July 2015

    The U.S. Olympic movement has had plenty of dark days over the years, but Monday might have been the worst of all. The organization that represents the USA on the world sports stage, a collection of veteran leaders who should have known better.

  • Phillies Selling Tickets in Year of On-Field Futility

    by David Sell, The Philadelphia Inquirer July 2015

    The Phillies are a bust on the field, but they are showing signs of life in another area: selling tickets. The last-place team listed three games in May on the e-commerce site Groupon with lower-than-normal prices.

  • Women's Sports Popular, But Value Isn't Commercial

    by John Gerdy July 2015

    There is absolutely no question the commercial appeal and impact of elite women's sports is going to continue to grow in every way -- from media coverage, to funding, to improved talent levels to increased corporate sponsorships.

  • Rays to Give Military Free Tickets for Rest of Season

    by Christopher O'Donnell, Tribune staff July 2015

    Under the Rays Honor Pass program, active service members and retired or honorably discharged veterans can get two free tickets to Rays home games for the rest of the season.

  • The AB Extra: July 17

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    In this week's AB Extra, you'll find news about Nike's response to a ban by CrossFit, a rebranding of a Canadian town to welcome a new hockey arena and the United States' top swimming city.

  • Fitness Chain's Orange Bike Marketing Criticized (Again)

    by Chad Sokol, Spokesman Review (Spokane, WA) July 2015

    They were gone almost as quickly as they appeared. A marketing ploy that involved 20 orange bicycles on the South Hill was abandoned Monday afternoon following a wave of criticism on social media. The bikes, which began appearing Friday evening, were removed by the same employees who put them there.

  • FSU, Alabama to Each Get $5M for Football Opener

    by Tom D'Angelo Palm Beach Post Staff Writer July 2015

    Florida State is in for a big payday when it faces Alabama in the 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff in Atlanta. The schools will be paid $5 million each for the game, according to sources, a major increase from the $3.5 million the Seminoles will make for playing Mississippi in Orlando to open the 2016 season.

  • Once Committed, Top QBs Recruit for Schools

    by Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY Sports July 2015

    Dwayne Haskins, a four-star quarterback prospect at The Bullis School in Potomac, Md., has been crafting relationships with similarly desired recruits for years, at football camps from middle school through high school, ranging from the East Coast through the southern tip of California.

  • Commission to Sell Pittsburgh as Sports Destination

    by Bob Bauder July 2015

    Officials with VisitPittsburgh, the region's tourist promotion agency, are seeking a 2 percentage point increase in the tax, of which 1.25 percentage points -- estimated to generate $6 million in 2016 -- would go to the commission.