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NASCAR has nearly 100 million fans and growing. But there is no bigger growth than the number of females cheering for their favorite drivers speeding around racetracks from South Florida to Northern California. NASCAR estimates that 40 percent of their current fan base is women. One in every two new race fans is a woman. Why? . . .
As of 2013, only five Division I colleges in the country have female Athletic Directors. At this writing, the five women who currently lead Division I-A programs are: Sandy Barbour, at the University of California at Berkeley; Kathy Beauregard, at Western Michigan University; Cary Groth, at the University of Nevada at Reno . . .
Well, steroid use has emerged again in Major League Baseball. It is being reported that as many as 20 players could be suspended for up to one hundred games for use of performance enhancing drugs (PED) obtained from a Florida lab. Regrettably, this story will dominate the season. There was a day or two of hysterical coverage . . .
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs
Which team will prevail? Spurs’ team fundamentals or LeBron’s individual, dazzling talent? We respect the Spurs and have a love/hate relationship with the Heat. SportsPie prediction: Heat in 7.
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Two NHL “Original Six” teams. SportsPie prediction: Blackhawks in 7.
This is a critical season for the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), which kicked off two weeks ago; the regular season will continue to mid-September, followed by the playoffs. While there are high expectations for Brittney Griner, the Phoenix Mercury rookie center from Baylor, there are more urgent questions for the League. One is whether the WNBA’s campaign to re-brand itself in its 17th season will be successful.
The WNBA rolled out a new logo, an extended television deal with ESPN, and an aggressive strategy to . . .