MLS Weighs Winter Schedule Before Cup Final France Trying To Improve NASCAR Product League Notes Filming Underway For HBO's "24/7" NBA Mexico City Game Cancelled '14 F1 Austin Race Conflicts With NASCAR CHL Looking To Expand To 12-Team League Garber Gives Annual State Of MLS Address MMF: IndyCar Eyeing New Territories IndyCar Series Shifts May Programming To ABC
SBD/12/Leagues Governing Bodies
Published May 12, 1998
IRL: On SPEEDNET, Bill Koenig writes that for IRL team owners, the "hunt continues for sponsors." While there has been an increase of sponsorship spending on the league level, teams are "hoping to see more spending at their level." IEG estimates that IRL will draw $101M in sponsorships this year, not including Pep Boys' title sponsorship deal and Pepsi's deal as the Official Soft Drink of the IRL and IMS (Bill Koenig, SPEEDNET, 5/12). IRL Founder Tony George, at the Indy 500 trials: "The league is coming into its own. We're right where we should be. We have had a record number of (Indy 500) entries because our equipment is affordable" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 5/11). COULD NAFTA HELP HOCKEY? Toronto trade lawyer Barry Appleton is scheduled to appear today before the House of Commons subcommittee studying sport in Canada and will argue that NAFTA can be applied to assist Canadian NHL franchises (OTTAWA CITIZEN, 5/12). But Dexter Bishop, spokesperson for Canada's Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Int'l Trade, said "NAFTA looks after goods, services and investment, not sports" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 5/12)....The ECHL has awarded its '99 All-Star Game and Skills Competition to the MS Sea Wolves. The events will be held January 12 and January 13 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum (ECHL). GIANTS EXEC DISPUTES BORAS: MLB Giants Assistant GM Ned Colletti yesterday denied that he had made any monetary "offer or pledge" to J.D. Drew before last June's amateur draft. Drew's agent, Scott Boras, has testified that the Giants were one of the teams that had contacted him and made overtures about Drew (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 5/12).