"Sportfolio" on Bloomberg TV Goes Inside the Political Game of Sports This Wednesday

Rep. Heath Shuler, Political Analyst Matthew Dowd, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman discuss sports issues on the eve of "The Economy Election"
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Oct. 23, 2012 - PRLog -- What do sports have to do with the upcoming elections? Like virtually every business in America, the support of the sports industry has played a part in supporting candidates and legislation, and has a stake in the outcome of races from the national to the local level. This week's Sportfolio examines the complex interaction between the multi-billion dollar sports industry and issues confronting voters in November.

Retiring Congressman and former NFL quarterback Heath Shuler (D-NC), founder of the Congressional Pro Sports Caucus and one of two NFL veterans serving in the House of Representatives, shares his thoughts on the role of legislation in attacking sports problems such as performance-enhancing drugs and head injuries.

Bloomberg political analyst Matthew Dowd joins Rick Horrow to give a national perspective on sports support for the Presidential candidates: how have financial backing and endorsement from sports figures affected the close contest between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney? Dowd also discusses the impact of player support on state ballot measures such as marriage equality.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman recently authored a statement on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Mayors calling on NHL owners to end their lockout of players and save the hockey season. The USCM argues that the economic impact of a canceled season will be devastating to communities across the nation, many of which built arenas using public funds and count on the partnership of hockey businesses to create jobs and stimulate entertainment spending.

The developing economic story of New Jersey's intention to buck federal law and permit sports betting will also be discussed. The NCAA's recent announcement relocating sports championships scheduled for New Jersey in 2013 places an additional level of urgency on the pending case challenging the state's decision in Federal District court. What might a ruling in New Jersey's favor mean for college and professional sports, especially with the expansion of casino gambling into many states that house teams and host events? Sports executive Andy Dolich lays out the possibilities and is joined by NYU professor Lee Igel on what could be next for college athletics and what may happen with the big ticket opportunities with legalized wagering.

The show debuts Wednesday night at  9:30 PM and 12:30 AM ET Thursday on Bloomberg TV (DirecTV 353, check your local cable systems for the channel near you).

Now in its second season, this week’s edition of “Sportfolio” will add to a guest list that has already included: NBA Commissioner David Stern, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, MLS Commissioner Don Garber,  Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie,  Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross,  Dodgers and Warriors co-owner Peter Guber, AEG CEO Tim Leiweke, Wasserman Media Group CEO Casey Wasserman, Cubs general manager Theo Epstein and owner Tom Ricketts, Brewers owner Mark Attanasio, 49ers president Jed York, NASCAR’s Brian France, Jeff Gordon, Masters Champion Bubba Watson, IZOD Indy Car’s Randy Bernard, the New York Mets R.A. Dickey, golf hall of famers Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus, and many, many others, with additional shows on the business of sport  planned well into the summer. The show reaches more than 270 million households through first-run and syndicated airings.

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