Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

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The Yankees are seemingly the only business with money to spend right now. But in recent years, it's been proven that money doesn't buy victories -- it just makes them come a little easier. The Rays' success in 2008 proved that.

So if you're a Tampa Bay fan, don't fret that CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett are in pinstripes. And that Derek Lowe could be right behind him. Sabathia weighs 300 pounds and has thrown a lot of innings in recent years. Burnett hurts his arm every year and Lowe's best years are almost certainly behind him.

The Yankees are assembling what looks like a fantasy team, but real teams, ones that aren't collections of individuals, win championships.



The bowl gift list was printed by Sports Business Journal last week, and there's a trend developing that's blurring a line on what was already a very gray area.

College football players aren't paid, of course. (At least most of them, as far as we know.) Bowl games, however, are allowed to award $500 worth of gifts to 125 participants per school.

It's another bit of hypocrisy in a sport that's already sold out to the highest bidder, as college athletic programs collect millions while their "labor" gets an education, but no spending money.

There's a lot of the usual swag -- hats, duffel bags, watches -- but the newest developments are gift cards and a package UF players will receive at the BCS championship game. It's a Sony gift suite, where players can pick out $300 worth of Sony merchandise that will be shipped back to them.

Practically, it's a great idea. Most of these guys already have watches and Ipods and video game systems. But at this rate, why don't they just cut them a check and call it a day?

Anyhow, on to the swag rundown:


ORANGE BOWL AND BCS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Sony gifting suite, a Tourneau watch, a hat, Crocs and a duffel bag.

CHAMPS SPORTS BOWL AND CAPITAL ONE BOWL: FSU players will get a $400 Best Buy shopping spree. …

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