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SBD/Issue 163/Leagues & Governing Bodies
Published May 19, 2003
KICKING IT: USSF President Robert Contiguglia, on the steps the organization has taken in case the U.S. is awarded the Women's World Cup: "We are negotiating already with stadiums. We have a group of stadiums that are possibilities. We've had a number of internal meetings, a number of plans in place. We think we've given FIFA a number of choices and once they come to us, then we can activate the plans. We have people from U.S. Soccer, WUSA and MLS who have been working night and day on this. I feel that we are prepared to step forward and hit the ground running and do a great job" (ESPN, 5/17).
BALLS & STRIKES: In N.Y., Murray Chass reported that "faced with a negative decision" by the NLRB, the World Umpires Association "withdrew its unfair labor practice charge against the commissioner's office" over the use of the QuesTec system to evaluate umpire performance. The union "still has a pending grievance against the commissioner's office," and a hearing is scheduled for July. The union has charged that "the commissioner's office refused to provide access to QuesTec technology or to let umpires' representatives observe the system in operation, and it would not provide information about the system that the union requested" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/17).
HORSING AROUND: Churchill Downs stewards on Friday "ordered $500 fines for each of the 14 jockeys who wore a Jockeys' Guild logo on their pants" in the Kentucky Derby. Churchill Downs Chief Steward Bernie Hettel said that "the fines were for violations of an administrative regulation prohibiting any promotional material on jockeys' pants" (Marty McGee, DAILY RACING FORM, 5/18)....The U.S. Senate Thursday "passed a $350[B] tax-cut bill that includes a provision to remove the 30% withholding tax on winning pari-mutuel wagers placed by foreigners through U.S. pools." Foreign tracks do not offer common-pool wagering with U.S. tracks because of the tax, so the elimination of the tax "would allow foreign tracks to bet into U.S. pools." The NTRA has put the issue "near the top of its legislative priority list. However, even if the stipulation is passed, additional work must be done because of protectionist laws in other countries" (BLOODHORSE.com, 5/16).