SBD/18/Leagues Governing Bodies

LEAGUE NOTES

          Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner, on the five-game
     suspension handed down to Yankees P Mike Stanton by AL
     President Dr. Gene Budig after Stanton hit Orioles Eric
     Davis with a pitch in Tuesday's game: "I respect [Budig's]
     position.  Whether he is the right man for the job ... I
     like Budig, he is a nice man.  He is an educator with a
     briefcase.  I don't know if there is a jockstrap in there,
     but he has a briefcase" (N.Y. POST, 6/18)....WNBA President
     Val Ackerman is profiled by Athelia Knight of the WASHINGTON
     POST under the header, "Her League On The Rise, Ackerman's
     Having A Ball" (WASHINGTON POST, 6/18).  Also in DC, Thomas
     Heath examines the WNBA and its marketing partnerships. WNBA
     Exec VP & CMO Rick Welts, on the league's partners: "What
     speaks more about where women's sports are is the list of
     companies who bought in.  These are mainstream sports
     advertisers who believe they are reaching a very mainstream
     sports audience.  One of the benefits is that they have
     passionate female consumers" (WASHINGTON POST, 6/18).

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