The only two women driver's in the IRL had a pit confrontation today in Lexington, OH, when struggling driver Danica Patrick, (who we know does not hold her emotions back) confronted Milko Duno about her struggles to pass Duno on the track. But Duno didn't like Patrick's track racing style and obviously pissed her off- according to reports. When Duno told Patrick to "Go Away". Patrick ( obviously not in the mood to be told what to do) stayed. Duno told her to "Go Away" again...When Patrick continued to stay- Duno threw a towel "in her direction"- that had Patrick unleash some unlady like language- or as IndyStar calls it Foul. The incident lasted less than a minute- but hey, its like the WWE- it will bring viewers in. And more viewers means higher revenues, and isn't that what it's all about. The Video has been posted, and Dano appears to be a hot tempered woman. After viewing the video, it appears that Danica was the passive one in this very mild incident!
The Fantasy Sports industry is a billion dollar industry, and a court case between Major League Baseball against CBC Distribution and Marketing Inc of St. Louis could set a precedent that will put a dent in the sports competitions. Once again, the rights to the names of players, and their stats are basis of an intellectual property suit, and Major League Baseball believes that Fantasy Baseball Leagues should pay licensing rights for the use of Players Names, Teams, and Stats. CBC has already won 2 lower court cases, that is why MLB is appealing it to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Major companies already pay a licensing fee, but its the smaller companies that will be hurt. Remember when Major League Sports went after Bar owners....we all know what happened to them. If you want public performance rights- You Pay. The outcome will affect millions in all Fantasy Sports Leagues.
Security had to intervene as Danica Patrick got knocked out of the Indy 500 by Ryan Briscoe when Briscoe hit Patrick as she was exiting the Pits. After she got out of her car- she headed toward Ryan Briscoe's Pit area looking for a confrontation- but Indy Security stopped her. If you know anything about Danica- She doesn't hold her emotions inside. I would not want to be Briscoe today.
I regularly watch NASCAR, but today was the INDY 500, and I was impressed how ABC/ESPN was right on target with coverage. Though alot of the pre-broadcast focused on Danica Patrick, and Marco Andretti- it was perhaps they were looking to draw that younger audience. The broadcast itself utilized split screen, during commercial so you wouldn't miss the action. The only complaint I have is at time the announcers seemed to intrude on the action when doing interviews with drivers and owners.. But overall it was a good race, not an exciting finish, but it showed the emotions of the drivers- which when you mix Women and Men drivers- is unique. Pole-Sitter Scott Dixon won the annual Memorial Day race!