SBD/27/Leagues Governing Bodies

LEAGUE NOTES

          MLS NOTES: MLS Commissioner Doug Logan said that he has
     "no guilt" from the recent allotment of Carlos Valderrama
     from the Fusion to the Mutiny (See THE DAILY, 4/26).  Logan:
     "I expected some Monday-morning quarterbacking. ... If you
     look at commissioners in other sports, you'll see moves like
     this" (USA TODAY, 4/27).  But in NJ, Tim Leonard criticizes
     the move by Logan, and writes that he "has set a precedent
     that any star player ... can do anything he wants and be
     accommodated."  Leonard, on MLS "becoming accepted" in the
     U.S.: "It's just words until the people running the sport
     decide to be major league" (Bergen RECORD, 4/27). 
          NBA: In Toronto, Craig Daniels writes that no NBA
     season "in decades has been as squirrelly, as wacky, as
     flip-a-coin and as suspect as this one," with a "growing
     consensus that teams and players have been beaten senseless"
     by the scheduling.  Daniels: "The NBA's irregular season is
     winding to a close, and there's a growing chorus that says
     it's not a moment too soon" (TORONTO SUN, 4/27).
          ROCK ON! In Toronto, Mary Ormsby profiled the success
     of the National Lacrosse League champion Toronto Rock. Rock
     investor & Maple Leafs Assistant GM Bill Watters: "If you
     had told me last summer that we'd be putting more than
     10,000 fans in Maple Leaf Gardens ... and that the team
     would be in the league championship final, I'd have said you
     were crazy."  The 16 Rock investors, who paid a $250,000
     franchise fee, include NHL HOFer Bobby Orr, "HNIC"
     commentator Don Cherry, MLB COO Paul Beeston and Red Wings
     LW Brendan Shanahan (TORONTO STAR, 4/25).  

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