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Based in Atlanta, GA - Rick Limpert is an award-winning writer, a best-selling author, and a featured sports travel writer.

Named the No. 1 Sports Technology writer in the U.S. on Oct 1, 2014.

Sunday
Aug162009

Tennis Channel to Provide Wall to Wall Coverage at Cincy

The Tennis Channel has come a long way.  Tennis fans will have a chance to prep for The U.S. Open with extended coverage of The Masters Series Tournament in Cincinnati this week.  Starting Tuesday we'll be able to see early round matchups beginning at 1pm Eastern time.

ESPN2 will pick up more coverage later in the week.  Looks like a great week of tennis with Murray on a roll and a possible Federer/Roddick quarterfinal meeting.

Sunday
Aug162009

Yang Victory at PGA a Milestone for Golf

With the improbable win of Y.E. Yang over Tiger Woods today at The PGA Championship the world of golf again reaches a milestone.  Yang became the first Asian born player to win a major championship.  If that wasn't enough, he became the first player to beat Tiger Woods in a major that entered the round railing.

The LPGA Tour has experienced a Korean invasion in recent years, and now expect the flood-gates to open for Korean Men to join Yang and K.J.Choi as impact players on the PGA Tour.

Take nothing away from Tiger, Yang won this title.  And while Tiger didn't play very well in the final round, no one else challenged Tiger, and he appears to make 2010 an important year in his quest for the most majors of all time.

Friday
Aug142009

Roddick is a U.S. Open Contender Again

He's quicker, lighter, smarter, and all that makes him a contender again this year at Flushing Meadows.  His Wimbledon final vs. Federer screamed to the world this wasn't the Roddick of 2007 and 2008.  Credit new coach Larry Stefanki; credit being newly married.  I don't care what it is, but now reaching the semis of Montreal the other players are on notice.  I like his record in tie breaks and I like his chances in a close 5 setter.  His serve is huge, his forehand is more consistant, as is the return of serve.

Friday
Aug142009

Michael Vick Lands in Philly

And they can have him, and all the problems that come with it.  I can't wait until December when the Eagles come to the Georgia Dome to play the Falcons.  The game on the field will be secondary to what will be happening in the concourses of the dome and in the stands.

Wednesday
Aug122009

Motorsports Sponsors Hurting like the Rest of Us

One thing us sports fans have learned is that Sports and specifically Motorsports are feeling the effects of the bad economy like the rest of us.

Take for example NASCAR and the NHRA.  In NASCAR several of the top teams with top level sponsors have pulled or are in the process of pulling the plug on their sponsorship deals.  Among those affected, Matt Kenseth and Jamie McMurray

The NHRA has had to get creative with keeping current sponsorships intact and trying to find new ones.  Several top drag racers have been on the sidelines in 2009 looking for backing.  Those watching 2009 go by include Hillary Will, Melanie Troxel, and Tommy Johnson Jr.  While the NHRA is about as fan friendly as you can get, teams have been even more accommodating of their fan bases then before.

Racers and teams aren't the only ones affected.  Race tracks and races have been caught with their pants down the past couple weeks.  Lowe's has pulled out of their multi year deal naming rights agreement with Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte.  and The Brickyard 400 now has lost Allstate as their title sponsor.

I, unfortunately don't have the solutions to fix this crisis.  I guess they will have to join the rest of us and put a band aid on and try to get through this with the rest of us.  As sponsors continue to change, and we go around and around drivers have to look at this as a new opportunity and a chance to better themselves and their sports in the long run.