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Paula Abdul, singer, dancer, choreographer and to this generation-the sweet judge from American Idol announces she is leaving the popular FOX t.v. show in a series of Twitter posts late last night.
With sadness in my heart, I’ve decided not to return to #IDOL. I’ll miss nurturing all the new talent, but most of all being a part of a show that I helped from day1 become an international phenomenon. What I want to say most, is how much I appreciate the undying support and enormous love that you have showered upon me. It truly has been breathtaking, especially over the past month. I do without any doubt have the BEST fans in the entire world and I love you all.
According to Bloomberg.com, Abdul, who topped Billboard’s music charts in the 1980s and 1990s with her own work, was a founding judge on the show when it debuted on News Corp.’s Fox television network in June 2002. “Idol” producers have re-signed host Ryan Seacrest for the next season to begin in January at a cost of $30 million during three years.
“American Idol” averaged 26.4 million nightly viewers this season before the final week, according to Nielsen Co., giving Fox the highest ratings in the 18-to-49 group, which is coveted by advertisers.
I have to say I was not impressed with Fox’s coverage of the 2009 MLB All-Star game. I tweeted and Facebooked during the entire game. First, fans were not happy that the game was believed to start at 8:00 p.m. but did not actually get underway until 8:50 p.m. We didn’t know if it was a time zone thing or if the network was just trying to get us to watch the pre-game fluff. I enjoyed it all, but it seemed to go on forever and it slowed down the momentum. Also, the fans were annoyed by Joe Buck for some reason. He even became a trending topic on Twitter. The best part of the night for me (besides cheering on the six Boston Red Sox players-Congrats fellas) was watching President Obama “chill” in the press box, talking baseball with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver. As a communicator, I love watching him interact with the press. One of the announcers seemed to not be interested at all in talking to him, but by the end of the segment, he was asking could the president stay another segment.
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By Rick Horrow and Karla Swatek, BusinessWeek
Meet Me in St. Louis for MLB All-Star Break 2009
What a difference a year makes. While it’s been 43 years since the last time St. Louis hosted Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, the economics surrounding the event have perhaps changed more dramatically in the past 12 months than they have in the four decades.
That, of course, has as much to do with the circumstances surrounding last year’s Midsummer Classic—the last such event to be held at old Yankee Stadium—as it does with the recession. Last year’s All-Star game created an unprecedented economic impact of nearly $150 million—more than double the estimated $60 million this year’s July 10-14 events at Busch Stadium in St. Louis are likely to bring in.
This year, about 230,000 people are expected to attend part of the weeklong celebration, according to the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Assn. Almost half of those fans are anticipated to come from out of town, partially since only about 1,000 tickets—less than 3% of the normal capacity at Busch Stadium—have been made available to the general public. Direct visitor spending on Cardinals operations and on hotels, dining, and retail is expected to top $32 million, triggering another $27 million in indirect spending in the region.
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