Oriole Park at Camden Yards has been a baseball showplace and a landmark stadium for a baseball revival in the U.S. However in recent years the problems putting a competitive team on the field has seen attendance drop. Despite the on field issues, the emergence of the Nationals into the greater marketplace and the apathy by fans during parts of the Angelos Era, the Orioles have continued to find ways to remain part of the community and give their fans added value. The latest example was this week, when the O’.honored their 50 millionth fan with $50,000 as part of a week long celebration of support..The 50 mil was significant because it marked the fastest ever for a stadia to reach 50 million fans, although 50 million took some great spinning and opportunism by the O's to create a fairly innocuous number into an event. 100 millio., 10 millio.? All are naturals.Nice job.
Some other reads…Bill Plascke has a good piece on the significance or non-significanc.of a Shaquille O’Neal statue erected in China…the Boston Herald has a good piece on Pats backup QB Matt Cassell and how he is handling his critics…and the Sports Business Journal's John Genzale has a good piece on a pair of little known Olympians (including paralympian Josh George)