Morning Money Quotes

Neil DeMause’s first impressions of the new, heavily taxpayer funded Yankee Stadium:

As at many if not most new stadiums, the class segregation here feels both deliberate and complete — only further compounded by the obstructed-view bleacher seats (the TV screens set up as a belated fix, I found yesterday, didn’t help much), by the team’s decision to exclude cheap-seats denizens from even eating at field-level concessions stands, and by a sunken walkway behind the “Legends” seats at the field’s edge that gives the odd impression that the Yankees have surrounded their highest-priced seats with a moat.

The 97-year-old man who, for charity, became England’s oldest skydiver when he pulled off a 10,000-foot jump on his achievement:

“It was the first time but it won’t be the last.”

Boomer Esiason’s nickname for Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels, as revealed on New York’s WFAN:

“Littler Hitler.”

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on why Rio deserves to host the 2016 Summer Games:

“It is time to make the Olympics democratic, developing countries have the right to host the Games. We are competing for the Summer Olympics. South America has the right to hold the Games.”

The National Post’s Bruce Arthur on why the recession is hitting Major League Baseball especially hard:

Why? The NFL season was underway when the economy tipped. In basketball and hockey, the contracts were signed when that edge was reached. But baseball – well, on the day before Merrill Lynch sold itself to Bank of America and Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, David Price was making his first start for Tampa Bay, and the Phillies moved into a tie for the lead in the wild-card chase. Baseball was practically home and dry.

But that just meant baseball was the first to venture back out into the storm. While the NHL and NBA and NFL were playing games, baseball was trying to sell tickets, pitch corporate sponsorships, and launch new stadiums.


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