- The Washington Times - Friday, February 27, 2009

HE SAID WHAT?

“I don’t think anybody has ever opened a bank account or decided to buy a CD because a bank’s name is on the stadium.”

- Rep. Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat and chairman of the House Financial Services Committee

THE BEST OF THE WEEKEND IN SPORTS

CAPITALS at BRUINS

Boston is standing between the Capitals and a top seed in the playoffs. It’s still a long shot, but the Bruins have looked shaky the last three weeks.

MARYLAND at N.C. STATE

The Terps look like tournament team, but they need a true road win to solidify their resume. A loss to the Wolfpack could undo much of their progress.

GEORGETOWN at VILLANOVA

Barring a Big East tournament run, this is the Hoyas’ last chance to make a statement to the NCAA tournament committee.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Las Vegas

Matt Kenseth got off to a roaring start in winning the first two races of the year. It’s great news for a guy who failed to win a race last year despite having more top-10 finishes than all but two other drivers.

TWT FIVE • MOST QUESTIONABLE SPORTS SPONSORS

1. Citigroup - The struggling bank paid $400 million for naming rights to the Mets’ new stadium. Might as well just call it Taxpayer Field.

2. Stanford Financial - The LPGA Tour and NBA are among the sports properties receiving sponsorship dollars from Stanford, whose founder is reported to have perpetrated an $8 billion fraud.

3. General Motors - There are few sports properties that don’t have some sort of deal with GM, and all have seen their sponsorship revenue decline as the U.S. auto sector scambles to stave off bankruptcy.

4. AIG - The embattled insurance provider may ask for its fourth round of government bailout money or could split into a number of government-controlled divisions. The company dropped its sponsorship of the Premier League’s Manchester United.

5. Northern Trust - The Chicago-based bank was skewered by members of Congress for spending on parties, lavish travel and accommodations as part of the activation of its sponsorship of the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust Open.

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