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Money Issue Causes Home Depot
To Lose T&F World Cup
The ‘06 World Cup of track and field will not be held at The Home Depot Center in Carson as originally planned, according to Dick Patrick of USA TODAY. AEG and the IAAF have not been able to agree on a contract because AEG is being asked to “come up with about $1[M] to cover the taxes on the prize money” of about $3M. Brussels and Berlin are now “considered the favorites to receive the World Cup bid.” Patrick notes that the event was awarded to the U.S. “with great fanfare two years ago” as the IAAF “wanted the event to rejuvenate interest in the sport” (USA TODAY, 10/8).
The Next In Line?
In Philadelphia, Paul Domowitch reports with NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue “expected to retire when his current contract expires in 2008, the league’s owners have begun giving some thought to a possible replacement.” Sources said that NFL COO Roger Goodell’s “star has fallen the last couple of years and there no longer is much chance of him succeeding” Tagliabue. Many owners feel that NFL Network President & CEO Steve Bornstein “would bring along too much network baggage for such a high-profile job.” The name currently “getting the most response from owners” is Falcons President & GM Rich McKay. One owner called McKay “an ideal choice. He is well respected and well-liked. He’s intelligent. He has an excellent grasp of the issues that are important to the continued success of our league. He’s run two teams. He’s an attorney. It would be difficult to find someone more qualified” (PHILA. DAILY NEWS, 10/8).
EAST BOUND: The NBA this month is staging two preseason games in China, one in Shanghai and one in Beijing, and KNIGHT RIDDER’s Tim Johnson reported that fans in Shanghai “stood in line for as long as 40 hours to get” tickets, which sold out in just over an hour. There are currently 14 Chinese TV stations that “pay the NBA for the broadcast rights of some games. The NBA maintains some 20 employees in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan” (KNIGHT RIDDER, 10/7).
DENNIS THE MENACE: CNBC’s Dennis Miller, to LPGAer Annika Sorenstam on next weekend’s Samsung World Championship in Palm Desert, California, “I remember years ago reading a Sports Illustrated article that the Palms Springs tournament is like Lesbian-Palooza. Isn’t it? I mean every lesbian in the world shows up down there. ... It does turn into a little bit of a freak scene in the desert, doesn’t it?” Sorenstam: “I like to stay in the fairways and [on] the greens, so I don’t see much of that” (CNBC, 10/7).
Joel Bouchard Organizes Charity Tour
NHL Rangers D Joel Bouchard is raising money for children's charities by “launching a barnstorming tour” across Quebec called the McDonald’s Caravan, according to Eric Duhatschek of the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL. The 32-stop tour will feature three teams of 12 players playing four-on-four hockey. Players scheduled to participate include Canadiens G Jose Theodore, Flyers LW Simon Gagne and Mighty Ducks G Jean-Sebastien Giguere, all of whom are from Quebec. Unlike the Original Stars Hockey League, Bouchard's tour is “strictly a not-for-profit enterprise.” Costs will be covered by sponsors, “so all proceeds will go directly to charity.” Tickets cost C$20. The tour, which begins October 23, will play on eight consecutive weekends before Christmas, “at which point, its progress will be evaluated.” Every Saturday game will be televised on RDS, “meaning the highlight packages could spill over onto its sister network, TSN.” Bouchard: “If the lockout stops, there's no stress. Everyone will go back to their teams and everybody's happy. The reality is, I'm not making a dime out of it. I'm not even in charge of the money. We have a lawyer for that. We made it as clear as crystal, so nobody thinks anybody is scamming anything” (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 10/8). The CP reports that each team on the tour will be “backed by a sponsor” (CP, 10/8).