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Revenue Sharing Could Be First
Big Issue For Goodell To Tackle
LEVY: In N.Y., Gary Myers wrote the owners “were concerned that Goodell would leave the NFL if he lost to [outside counsel Gregg] Levy and they didn’t want that to happen.” Levy’s “strong showing could lead to a more prominent role in the Goodell administration” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 8/12). SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL’s Daniel Kaplan cites a source who was in the room during Levy’s presentation to owners as saying, “There is a very strong consensus among owners that this is a guy who has a lot more horsepower than we have been using.” SportsCorp President Marc Ganis said Levy “is on the radar screen on a lot of major positions, including commissionerships” (SBJ, 8/14 issue).
NANCE: In Atlanta, Orlando Ledbetter reported the Fritz Pollard Alliance recommended Cleveland-based attorney Frederick Nance, as well as three other minorities, as candidates to replace Paul Tagliabue. Fritz Pollard Alliance attorney Cyrus Mehri: “One of the other three made it to the final 11. We also know the other two were strongly considered. We know [the NFL] gave it a good, broad look at a strong slate of candidates.” Mehri “believes Goodell will continue the work Tagliabue started in terms of diversity in hiring practices.” Mehri noted Goodell “has consistently been a strong advocate for diversity in the NFL” (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 8/13). Nance said of Goodell, “I think the best man for the job got the job” (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 8/13).
COMPARE AND CONTRAST: In Orlando, Chris Harry wrote Tagliabue “was brilliant, but in news conferences, he often came across as condescending, even arrogant. Goodell seems more down to earth, more approachable, more charismatic. And if the NFL isn’t successful enough, imagine the league with an affable and magnetic personality as its front man” (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 8/13). SI’s Peter King wrote Goodell has “a soft side to him, an optimism, that people who’ve made the kind of tough deals he’s made often don’t have. They become cynics, which Goodell is definitely not” (SI.com, 8/14). In Westchester, Harold Gutmann wrote under the header, “Goodell A Natural Leader” (WESTCHESTER JOURNAL NEWS, 8/13).
Armstrong Points Out Disparity In
Perception Of Cycling And Football
English Premier League Plans To Utilize
Replay System During ’07-08 Season
EMBRACING TECHNOLOGY: The Premier League plans to introduce a replay system for referees to review calls. The first step would be four cameras “hidden in the goalposts to help ensure that officials know for sure when the ball has crossed the line for a goal,” which will be brought in on a trial basis, possibly for the ’07-08 season. Premier League CEO Richard Scudamore said, “People are getting less and less tolerant of referees making mistakes. The old argument that it’s in the nature of the game doesn’t feel like that when it’s your team and there’s Champions League qualification at stake” (London OBSERVER, 8/13).
BALANCING ACT: Audi is claiming the American Le Mans Series is trying to stop its “winning streak by allowing concessions –- called ‘performance balancing’ –- to other manufacturers in an attempt to equalize the competition.” Head of Audi Motorsport Wolfgang Ullrich said, “We can not accept that our life will now be made artificially difficult. Audi ... will only continue its [ALMS] program if there are again stable and consistent rules.” The ALMS replied, “Performance balancing is a method to bring each type of car configuration to an acceptable band of competitiveness without eliminating the advantages that some have gained.” Audi has won the manufacturer’s title for six straight years (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 8/15).