SBD/2/Leagues Governing Bodies

LEAGUE NOTES

          NFL: SI's Peter King writes, "Eyebrows were raised on
     NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue's five-year, $25-million
     contract extension, through 2005."  He notes that Tagliabue
     will make less than NBA Commissioner David Stern; $5M a year
     is "exactly one-fifth of one percent" of the new annual TV
     contract; and it's "not like the NFL has stock options or
     some other executive perk to hand Tagliabue."  But King
     says, "Five million per seems eminently fair" (SI, 4/6).
          WNBA: The WNBA has increased player salaries, as those
     who played in its inaugural season will see a 25% increase. 
     The salary for first-year players will be determined "by
     when they are picked in the draft."  The first three draft
     picks will earn a base salary of $50,000, up from $37,000
     last year.  Salaries will then scale down by draft position
     to $19,000 for a player picked in the fourth round and
     $15,000 to those picked after that (USA TODAY, 4/2).
          
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