SBD/Issue 52/Leagues & Governing Bodies

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  • He’s Fine With Us: Lightning Endorse Saskin After Meeting

    Saskin Wins Lightning Support
    After Recent Players Meeting
    NHLPA Exec Dir Ted Saskin met with Lightning players Monday night in Philadelphia as part of his on-going player meetings concerning the state of the union, according to Tom Jones of the ST. PETERSBURG TIMES. Lightning C and player rep Tim Taylor said, “It was a very positive meeting. We had a lot of guys with a lot of questions and I think he gave us the answers we were looking for.” Taylor said of the controversy surrounding Saskin’s hire as Exec Dir, “When [former NHLPA Player Relations Dir] Steve Larmer compares it to the [Alan] Eagleson days, those are very harsh words.” Taylor believes the lawsuit filed with the NLRB against Saskin by a group of 27 players is “going to get squashed pretty quickly.” Lightning LW Dave Andreychuk, who was in the NHL when Eagleson was NHLPA Exec Dir, said that Saskin “has his full support.” Andreychuk: “I do trust him” (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 11/23).

    MITCHELL TO TESTIFY: A source familiar with the NLRB said that Wild D Willie Mitchell is “one of three players that it plans to call to testify about the alleged shenanigans at the union.” Mitchell said that he has been “frustrated in attempts to get answers from Saskin over the past two months.” Mitchell: “I’ve sent Ted emails and he won’t answer them; he just left me a message saying he’d talk to me at a players meeting in December” (Rick Westhead, TORONTO STAR, 11/23).

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  • Money Putt: LPGA Tour Members Upset About $1M Playoff Prize

    Sorenstam Feels Playoff Prize
    Could Skew LPGA Money List
    Annika Sorenstam and other LPGA players “have talked to tour officials about the size of the winner’s check” at the season-ending “LPGA Playoffs at the ADT” beginning next year, as they are concerned it “could skew the money list,” according to Doug Ferguson of the AP. The $1M first-place prize is the largest in women’s golf and nearly doubles the $560,000 the winner of the U.S. Women’s Open receives. LPGA player Lorie Kane: “The money list is important. I don’t think somebody should come out and win $1[M] and pass someone who’s had an awesome year.” Sorenstam added, “The first prize is too much money. I don’t mind the first prize being $1[M], but I recommended that maybe $500,000 would count on the money list, and give the player a $500,000 bonus.” Ferguson noted Sorenstam “has incentives built into her endorsement contracts” that reward her for topping the money list. LPGA VP/Tournament Business Affairs Rob Neal said that officials “would be talking during the offseason about whether to apply only part of the $1[M] toward the money list” (AP, 11/22). More Sorenstam: “The money list means a lot. The fans look at the money list, and that’s kind of our (world) ranking” (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 11/23).

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