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Bob Costas rips Barry Bonds, again listen

01/30/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The New York Times reported yesterday that federal prosecutors preparing for baseball star Barry Bonds’ perjury trail have evidence that links Bonds to the use of a variety of performance enhancing drugs.

The Times reports that the evidence could be significant in Bonds trial, scheduled to begin in March. That’s because there have been question about whether two substances -- the "cream" and the "clear" -- were technically classified as steroids by the federal government when Bond...

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NFL Commissioner: Recession is hard on football fans listen

01/30/09 Mitch E. Perry
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today addressed how the troubling economy is affecting what is considered America’s most popular sport.

Although there has been talk about how the recession is affecting the atmosphere around the big game this year, it’s hard for most bay area citizens to detect.

Prices to some of the biggest publicized Super Bowl parties this weekend still cost hundreds of dollars, and tickets for the game don’t appear to be dropping below face value, which are $8...

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Claim: Double standard still exists for female sports reporters listen

01/29/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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NBC Sports will be broadcasting the Super Bowl this Sunday from Tampa.

Along with the familiar voices of Al Michaels, John Madden, and Bob Costas will be sideline reporter Andrea Kremer.

Earlier this week, WMNF spoke with Kremer, who worked at ESPN for 17 years before becoming part of NBC’s Sunday Night telecasts in 2006. We asked if she enjoys her job, which sometimes doesn’t get a whole lot of respect from viewers and critics.

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Springsteen ready for Super Bowl performance listen

01/29/09 Mitch E.Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Rock superstar Bruce Springsteen gave his first formal press conference in 20 years this afternoon.

The New Jersey rocker is in Tampa, where he’ll be performing in front of a huge worldwide television audience this Sunday night at halftime of the Super Bowl.

Speaking to more than a thousand reporters at the Tampa Convention Center, the media center for the Super Bowl this week, Springsteen warned reporters that he wasn’t exactly a football fanatic.

Springsteen is on a particular ...

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Sarasota County tries to woo Baltimore Orioles listen

11/18/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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After striking out on a deal that might have brought the Boston Red Sox to Sarasota to play their spring training games, public officials now have their eyes on wooing the Baltimore Orioles to the area.

The Sarasota County Commission today approved a plan to continue discussions to potentially increase a tourist tax -- levied on hotel rooms and condo rentals up to six months -- to 4 percent from 3 percent, reserving half those revenues for a stadium project.

The tentative costs for a ...

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Bid to bring Red Sox to Sarasota appears dead listen

10/14/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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After month of negotiations, the city and county of Sarasota announced in a joint press release this morning that negotiations with the Boston Red Sox to play their spring training games in town was over.

The news stunned some observers, including some County Commissioners.

Elsie Souza is with Citizens for Sox, a local activist group that was behind the effort to bring the Red Sox to Sarasota. She was angry about learning that the negotiations had apparently ended abruptly.

The Cinc...

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NFL commissioner, city officials tout benefits of Super Bowl listen

10/13/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In a little over 100 days, one of the biggest events in the world will take place in Tampa. Super Bowl 43 will be played at Raymond James Stadium on Feb. 1.

Today in Tampa, local politicians and members of the business community crowded into a ballroom at the Marriott Waterside Hotel to boast about what the game will do for the Tampa economy and community.

The guest speaker was National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell. Goodell fielded questions in front of a crowd of about 5...

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Pro soccer coming to Tampa in 2010 listen

06/19/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This afternoon at Raymond James Stadium, team owners announced that Tampa Bay will soon have a new soccer team with a familiar name.

"There will be a new professional soccer team that will compete in United Soccer Leagues Division One starting in the 2010 season and the name of that team will be the Tampa Bay Rowdies," said Andrew Nestor, president, CEO and part owner of the group.

Nestor said the team has not decided on a new logo, but the colors will remain green and yellow, just li...

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Minorities, women to be involved in Super Bowl planning listen

02/14/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The week of activities leading up to the Super Bowl are expected to bring millions of dollars into the community. Today, members of the City Council today told officials with the local Host Committee that they want to ensure that women and minority-owned businesses get a fair shot at some of those opportunities.

The Tampa Bay Super Bowl Host Committee is partnering with the National Football League on what they’re calling "The Emerging Business Program" to educate and provide business o...

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Sarasota County decides to fund stadium fixup

02/13/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The debate over whether the Cincinnati Reds will continue to train in Sarasota Took another turn yesterday when Sarasota County Commissioners voted to offer $17.6-million toward the renovation of Ed Smith Stadium.

Commissioners voted 4-1 to allocate the money. One of those Commissioners, Paul Mercier, who previously said he would not fund the proposal, obviously had a change of heart.

Commissioner Nora Patterson also had a change of heart. She had previously favored using the half-ce...

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