SBD/Issue 236/Leagues & Governing Bodies

League Notes

MLB attendance for 2,054 games through Labor Day was 64,789,952, an average of 31,543 per game. The total number was up 1.2% from last season’s comparable 64,036,819, an average of 31,177. MLB set a single-season attendance record in ’05 with 74,926,174 (MLB). In Minneapolis, Joe Christensen wrote the sport “is enjoying a coast-to-coast resurgence marked by labor peace and stricter drug testing” (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 9/2).

MONSTER GARAGE: CRAIN’S N.Y. BUSINESS’ Julie Satow reports NASCAR is leaving its 7,800-square-foot office at the Seagram Building for a 19,500-square-foot space at Park Avenue Tower. The former office was located on E. 55th St. between Park and Madison avenues, while the new $90-per-square-foot space is located at 375 Park Ave., between E. 52nd and E. 53rd (NEWYORKBUSINESS.com, 9/5).

UNIFICATION BELT: The WTA beginning next year will turn management of its anti-doping program over to the Int’l Tennis Federation through 2011. WTA Tour VP/Business Affairs Andrew Walker said that the move “should mean a significant increase in testing.” The ATP handed over management of its program earlier this year (N.Y. TIMES, 9/5).

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