Today in sports: The Yankees might be for sale, Jerry Sloan wants to coach again, and why the Vikings can't get a new stadium.
The Steinbrenners might be selling the Yankees. At least according to a lengthy and vague Daily News story. Per a "high-level baseball source" there has been "chatter all around the banking and financial industries in the city for a couple of weeks now" -- you'd think they'd be too busy not talking about the Facebook IPO! -- that Hal and Hank Steinbrenner might want to divest themselves of the closest thing American professional sports has to a mint, because they're jealous of the $2.17 billion sale price of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Steinbrenners have already issued a very Steinbrennerian denial, which will likely do nothing to stop a summer of "Will the Steinbrenners sell the Yankees?" speculation. Fine by us. [New York Daily News]
Madrid, Tokyo, Istanbul. Those are your three finalists to host the 2020 Summer Olympics. Foodies are rooting for Madrid, traffic enthusiasts are pulling for Tokyo, and athletes who enjoy collapsing from heat exhaustion are holding out [AP]
Help wanted. If you're an NBA owner with a vacant head coaching position, brilliant basketball tactician Jerry Sloan would very much like to speak with you. Sloan reportedly has been in contact Charlotte Bobcats owner/alleged mason stiffer Michael Jordan and has also called the now-vacant Orlando Magic job "Intriguing!" a quote that sadly makes the best game coach of his generation -- save Jim Calhoun, that is -- sound like Peter Travers. [The Salt Lake Tribune]
Shaq fluff. Ha, so if Sloan does land that Orlando job, his boss
won't be conceivably could be Shaquille O'Neal who "may meet with the Magic as soon as next week" about becoming their general manager, sources tell ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard. Since Magic officials firmly refused to discuss their search for a GM with Broussard's ESPN colleague Marc Stein, we're going to go out on a limb and say the retired center, or at least those in his "camp" (oh to have a camp!) are just trying to make sure we haven't forgotten about the post player since Bill Russell. We still respect you, Shaq, we swear: but this is undignified, even for the star of Steel.[ESPN.com]
Down and out in St. Paul. And finally, here it is: the definitive account of why the Minnesota Vikings can't get a new publicly-funded stadium, and why that's a crying stadium, even if you're not a fan a fan of cash-strapped municipalities shelling out millions to subsidize sparkling new stadiums. Warning: it's long but it's good. [Grantland]