SBD/Issue 88/Leagues & Governing Bodies

League Notes

MLS Commissioner Don Garber sent a letter to SOCCER AMERICA's Ridge Mahoney to "correct and clarify the story" in last week's report of layoffs at the MLS league office. Garber said that it is "not true" that MLS' Club Services and Fan Development Departments were eliminated. MLS VP/Special Events & Fan Development Diane Lynch and Manager of Fan Development David Wright "will continue in their current positions" (SOCCER AMERICA, 1/22)....In Miami, Oscar Corral writes that the Miami Sports & Exhibition Authority unanimously approved a $3.2M loan to Raceworks yesterday to "help the company make appearances" for a Grand Prix auto race in downtown Miami, "ending a tough period of negotiation for loan terms and security." Raceworks will close on the loan between now and February 15 (MIAMI HERALD, 1/23)....AHL President Dave Andrews, on the addition of six IHL teams: "It's probably gone better than I expected, in terms of ease of management. It's been a relatively seamless transition" (HAMILTON SPECTATOR, 1/22).

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