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SBD/30/Leagues Governing Bodies
Published June 30, 1998
BOYS ON THE SIDE: In Toronto, Tom Tebbutt reported that the ATP will announce this week "it is dropping its plan to have more combined men's and women's top-level tour events" (GLOBE & MAIL, 6/29). WTA players continue to draw the most notice at Wimbledon. In Raleigh, Caulton Tudor writes that "the world's most prestigious tennis tournament rapidly has become a ladies-before-gentlemen event of the first order. But it's not just Wimbledon. It's the entire sport, really" (NEWS & OBSERVER, 6/30). In L.A., Lisa Dillman wrote that "it is becoming obvious that female tennis players are attracting more attention than their male colleagues. ... What will truly be interesting in the future is how and if the teenagers evolve into leaders, on the equal-pay issue and other matters impacting the women's tour" (L.A. TIMES, 6/29). In DC, Jennifer Frey wrote under the header, "As The Men Face Break Point, Women Stars Grab Center Court" (WASHINGTON POST, 6/29)....In Tampa, H.A. Branham: "The question becomes how the men plan to turn things around, or at least begin to rival a competitor that once presented no competition" (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 6/29)....In N.Y., Phil Mushnick wrote, "Is there a major sporting event that has vanished from the forefront of the American public's consciousness faster than Wimbledon?" (N.Y. POST, 6/29). NOTES: The L.A. Times reported that the WNBA's Lynette Woodard and ESPN women's basketball commentator Mimi Griffin are candidates to head the WNBA players union. But the union "is slow to develop in the league's second season" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 6/30)....ABL players and their agents "are wondering about the rumor" that Michael Jordan "will buy the ABL's Chicago expansion franchise," according to Earl Gustkey of the L.A. TIMES. ABL CEO Gary Cavalli "wouldn't comment," other than saying that Jordan's involvement would be an "exciting possibility." Jordan was not available for comment (L.A. TIMES, 6/30).