SBD/Issue 20/Leagues & Governing Bodies

League Notes

Rich McKay
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).

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