SBD/2/Leagues Governing Bodies

LEAGUE NOTES

          MLB: Interleague play returns this week and Acting
     Commissioner Bud Selig feels the second year will be "just
     as successful" as the first.  Selig: "There's no doubt in my
     mind that it's going to do remarkably well again."  Last
     year's interleague average attendance was 33,409, up from
     the regular-season average of 27,732 (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON
     POST, 5/31)....ESPN2's Mike Lupica, on MLB's resurgence in
     N.Y.: "What we're really being reminded of here is how
     baseball at its best still turns the biggest places into
     small towns.  Baseball in New York feels like the main event
     again" ("The Mike Lupica Show," ESPN2, 6/1).
          OTHER NOTES: In K.C., Joe Posnanski, on the men's and
     women's pro tennis tours: "Women's tennis rules.  It's hip. 
     It's happening.  It's now. ... Women's tennis has never been
     better. ... [M]en's tennis has no heart" (K.C. STAR, 5/30).
     ...On ESPN SportsZone, Greg Garber wrote that women's tennis
     "recently has been blessed with some terrific teenage
     athletes."  Noting the recent profiles of Martina Hingis and
     Anna Kournikova, Garber added, "It is not terribly
     surprising that the sport consciously has been playing the
     racy card" (ESPN SportsZone, 5/28)....In Philadelphia,
     Timothy Dwyer wrote, "The NHL is having a bad year. ... This
     is the time of year when the game should be showcased the
     most.  The NHL seems so intent on marketing the sport
     internationally that it is willing to sacrifice its own
     postseason party on bad experiments such as the Olympics.
     ... And it is no coincidence that the NHL teams with the
     most Olympic players made the quickest exit from the
     playoffs.  It is a fitting end to a bad season.  And it has
     to make you think that the NHL shouldn't be wondering why
     more people don't watch their games but -- instead -- why
     anyone bothers to watch them at all" (PHILA. INQUIRER, 6/1).
          
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