SBD/Issue 88/Leagues & Governing Bodies

League Notes

Bassmaster Tour Increases
Events And Purse Sizes

The Citgo Bassmaster Tour beginning with the ’06 season will expand from six to 11 events and move the Bassmaster Classic from the summer to late February or early March. Purse money for the event will increase from $700,000 to $1M, including a first-place prize of $500,000. The first-place winner at each of the three major tournaments will receive $250,000 (ESPN).

HAND OVER FIST: While the USTA was reported to have made an estimated $12M in ’04, that total increases to $26M when investment income is included. The USTA made nearly $27M in ’03, including investment income (TENNISWEEK.com, 1/26).

ROLLING SIX: BLOODHORSE’s Tom Precious reported NYRA on January 31 will turn off its signal to an additional six simulcast outlets, claiming it has “no assurances from the companies about their ownership and customer base.” NYRA President & CEO Charles Hayward said the organization’s new policy is, “Unless we know who you are, and that your business practices are legal and in the best interests of the sport of horseracing, we are not going to do business with you.” The sites include four overseas outlets, as well as Lakes Region Greyhound Park in New Hampshire and Coeur d’Alene Casino in Idaho. The decision comes amid a federal race fixing probe (BLOODHORSE.com, 1/26).

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