A very nice interview, done exclusively with Universal Sports, with Mary Wittenberg, Guy Morse and Carey Pinkowski on the World Majors Marathon: http://www.universalsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=23000&ATCLID=3708554. The point is made that while these events are highly competitive with each other, they also feel a greater need to support the global health and focus of the sport. In other words, some folks in running are actually looking at the big picture. And that, I believe, (to quote Martha Stewart), is " a good thing."
Please note that Universal is now carrying the feeds for BAA Boston, Flora London, real, -Berlin, and Bank of America Chicago Marathon on their websites and cable network, which is growing each and every day. Check your local listings for a station near you, or just, do what works best, send a note to your local cable provider suggesting that they pick up Universal so that they can justify their continuing increases in charges without more benefits or services ( good, I got that out, now I feel much better).