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Bob Sparks is President of Ramos and Sparks Group, a Tallahassee-based business and political consulting firm. During his career, he has directed media relations and managed events for professional baseball, served as chief spokesperson for the Republican Party of Florida as well as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Attorney General of Florida. After serving as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Charlie Crist, he returned to the private sector working with clients including the Republican National Committee and political candidates in Japan. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Sue and can be reached at Bob@ramos-sparks.com.

Seminoles’ Mike Martin seeks 16th CWS appearance at expense of Gators

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Mike Martin and the Florida State Seminoles are set to play in another Super Regional. They have been there before. To reach the College World Series in Omaha, the Seminoles must defeat arch-rival and number 4 national seed, Florida. Fairly or unfairly, Martin is scrutinized for his program’s success at maintaining a championship-level program without winning a championship. He has led the Seminoles into the NCAA tournament for 35 consecutive years and has made it to the College World Series…

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Lightning stand between Blackhawks and dynasty status

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It has taken nearly 23 years, but the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks have come full circle. Wednesday night the two teams meet in Amalie Arena in the first game of the Stanley Cup Finals. On October 7, 1992 the Lightning franchise took the ice for the first time against the defending Western Conference Champion Blackhawks. Instead of the Lightning’s classy home of today, this game was played at Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds. First-year expansion…

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The growing trend of pro athletes and domestic violence

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There was a time when we read about sports stars almost exclusively on the sports pages. But now, we are just as likely to learn as much about certain athletes’ crime statistics in the metro section as a 300-yard passing game in the sports section. Anyone paying the slightest bit of attention remembers Ray Rice. For those just returning from a 12-month vacation in Uzbekistan, the Baltimore Ravens’ running back punched his fiancée in the face on an elevator on…

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FAMU is the feel-good story of the NCAA Tournament

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The NCAA baseball tournament begins this week at 16 regional sites around the country. Among the hosts are traditional baseball powers Miami and Florida State. The Hurricanes are the number five national seed. The Florida Gators have hosted a regional or two in their time and this year is no exception. Florida is the number four national seed. All four teams in the Gainesville regional are from Florida with the Florida Atlantic Owls, South Florida Bulls and Florida A&M Rattlers…

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Bob Sparks: Entertainment industry adds to Florida’s economic menu

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For years Florida governors and legislators stressed the need to diversify Florida’s economy. A state’s financial well-being so heavily dependent upon tourism and agriculture is a disaster or recession away from economic calamity, they said. They, and their successors who toe the same line, are right. Resorts, parks and Fresh From Florida are great for our economy in so many ways, but our menu needs more entrees. Television, film and entertainment production will not drive an economy, but it pedals…

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After primaries, dynamics of Governor’s race remain unchanged

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A few weeks ago this space looked at 10 Florida counties that will ultimately decide this fall’s election for governor and Cabinet. Former Gov. Charlie Crist is widely expected to dominate the vote totals from these counties, with the only question being by how much. The theory, supported by history, is the candidate that can best maximize his turnout in Brevard, Broward, Duval, Hillsborough, Lee, Miami-Dade, Orange, Palm Beach, Pinellas and Polk counties will win. Tuesday’s primary election does not…

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FSU is still waiting for White House invite

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Many significant issues confront us daily, both in Florida and around the country. Thank goodness for distractions like football, whose season is only two weeks away. Larry King said it best: “If you are a sports fan, every day is different.” Over the past 30 years, no state has played championship football better than Florida. During that period, Florida college teams have won 11 Division I national championships. The Miami Hurricanes claimed five titles while Florida State and Florida won…

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