Clark Calls MLB Rule Change Discussions "Ongoing" NFL Optimistic On Expanded Mexico Presence Wiggins' Former Coach Defends WNBA Manfred Criticizes MLBPA On Rule Changes NASCAR Ownership Structure Analyzed Wiggins Stands By Comments On WNBA Coyotes' Smith Criticical Of NHL Protocol Ticket Prices Spike To See Jeter Honored No Punishment Imminent For Mets' Familia Former Player Says WNBA Has "Harmful Culture"
SBD/18/Leagues Governing Bodies
Published June 18, 1998
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).