SBD/29/Leagues Governing Bodies

LEAGUE NOTES

          MLS: The fallout continues over MLS Commissioner Doug
     Logan's decision to re-assign Carlos Valderrama to the
     Mutiny (See THE DAILY, 4/26).  Logan said that "he is not
     concerned that other teams with unhappy players will try to
     use his office for a quick solution" (AP, 4/29).  But CBS
     SportsLine's Michael Lewis wrote that "the wrong message is
     being sent" with the move, and "vibes concerning Major
     League Soccer aren't very positive."  Lewis: "MLS might not
     be facing immediate trouble, but if the early returns from
     its fourth season are any indication, there could be future
     problems" (CBS SportsLine, 4/28).  In Ft. Lauderdale, Jeff
     Rusnak, under the header, "'The Year Of No Excuses' Off To A
     Bad Start," wrote that this season "has sputtered from the
     gate in almost every way imaginable" (SUN-SENTINEL, 4/25).
          TENNIS NOTES: In N.Y., Robin Finn examines the WTA Tour
     players' efforts to ensure equal prize money in the Grand
     Slam events.  Venus Williams: "The ladies need to get
     together on this one."  Finn reports that WTA Tour CEO Bart
     McGuire is "aware that players are judging his performance 
     -- under scrutiny as well for the tour's trouble in landing
     a title sponsor -- on the response his pleas for parity
     inspire from Wimbledon.  But McGuire made it "clear that now
     is not the time for the players to be threatening boycotts." 
     Billie Jean King adds, "This probably isn't the right time
     to go for the girl-cott" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/29)....The
     Australia-USA Davis Cup quarterfinal match July 16-18 at the
     5,342-seat Longwood Cricket Club in Chestnut Hill, MA, sold
     out yesterday "in a record 81 minutes" (USA TODAY, 4/29).  

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