SBD/Issue 103/Leagues & Governing Bodies

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  • Commission Approves Admission Charge For SoCal AVP Event

    The California Coastal Commission by a 6-5 vote approved a proposal that will “allow the AVP to charge admission for 90% of spectators at the Hermosa Beach Open,” according to Peter Yoon of the L.A. TIMES. The proposal will “generate additional revenue for the financially struggling tour, and help keep the sport on Southern California sands, instead of moving the tournaments to venues that allow admission fees.” It also “contradicts an existing commission policy that forbids charging for the use of public beaches.” Tickets to this year’s event will “almost certainly cost” $10-40 a day. The AVP, which filed for bankruptcy in ’01, has “argued that it cannot sustain its business without charging admission to its events.” The AVP’s other Southern California events this season are in Huntington Beach and Manhattan Beach, but each operates under a Local Coastal Program, which means the AVP “must obtain permission from each of those individual cities in order to charge admission” (L.A. TIMES, 2/16).

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  • NBA Taking Strides To Eventually Reintroduce Synthetic Ball

    NBA Still Looking To Return To Synthetic Ball
    The NBA has “scuttled plans to reintroduce a synthetic ball for next season,” even though the “tentative plan was to have an improved version of the microfiber composite ball back in play as of 2007-08,” according to sources cited by Mitch Lawrence of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. The source: “It’s highly doubtful that a synthetic ball will be in play next year. Because (the league) and players are working on the ball, there’s no way it will be ready for next season.” The NBA has “yet to approach the [NBPA] about which players it wants to be involved in helping to design the new model,” and the eight months until the ’07-08 training camp “is not seen as enough time to develop a new model” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 2/16). Jazz G Derek Fisher, who will formally become NBPA President at this weekend’s annual players’ meetings, said the agenda would probably include “some of the issues related to the ball and officials” (DESERET NEWS, 2/16). In N.Y., Liz Robbins notes players “have been invited to test different synthetic ball materials at their hotel.” NBA VP/Communications Tim Frank: “There will be a testing station for players so they can try different things and determine what they like about the synthetic balls. Ultimately, this is Step 1 in a process of developing a composite ball” (N.Y. TIMES, 2/16).

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