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Stern Feels NBA Should Review
Teams' Use Of Pyrotechnics During Games
SOUNDING OFF: Stern said of music at games, "I appreciate there's New Age music, hip-hop. It's fine, but the reality is I think what's happened is some very well-intentioned people feel it's their obligation to root their team on to victory, to urge them, and they do it by turning up the loudspeaker in the building, even though there are babies in the building" (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/13). But Cavaliers F LeBron James said of pyrotechnics and loud music during games, “I think it’s great. It gets the crowd excited. We all know without the fans there are no players or league. The fans really get the game going. It’s great to have that kind of entertainment” (“Mike & Mike in the Morning,” ESPN2, 5/13).
NBA Teaming With AEG To Operate
Beijing Olympic Basketball Arena
GOLDEN TICKET: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer said of last week's deal in which AEG bought a stake in Golden Boy, "We don't have an exclusivity deal with them. We did that deliberately because we have longtime partnerships in Las Vegas that we don't want to see end. I have a very close relationship with [MGM Mirage President of Sports & Entertainment Richard Sturm], and we plan to continue to do business with [him]." In Las Vegas, Steve Carp wrote with AEG's $500M, 20,000-seat arena not scheduled to open until 2010, it would "be suicide for Golden Boy to cut ties with MGM Mirage or any other Las Vegas entity right now." Sturm "didn't seem worried about the AEG-Golden Boy venture." Sturm said in a statement, "We have a great relationship with Golden Boy Promotions, and we look forward to many years of hosting successful events with them" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 5/11).
Orioles Were Able To Recover $23.7M
Of Belle's $39M Contract In '01
Former Champ Car Events Trying To
Secure Spot On IRL Schedule In '09
POLE POSITION: YAHOO SPORTS' Bob Margolis said the new qualifying format for the Indianapolis 500 in which only 11 cars qualify for each of the first three of four qualifying days, has "captivated and entertained as the name at the top of the speed chart changed with such frequency it was hard to keep up not only with who was sitting at the top, but who was next up to make an attempt to unseat the pole sitter." The new format and "in part the new unified field also produced the largest Pole Day crowd" since the split of open-wheel racing in '96 (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 5/10). But in Indianapolis, Bob Kravitz wrote the final hour of qualifying on Saturday, "normally the wildest and most unpredictable of the day, turned into an absolute snoozefest." There were "several teams and their drivers waving white flags of surrender." With Scott Dixon in the pole position, the "realistic front-row challengers -- Helio Castroneves, Danica Patrick, Tony Kanaan and Marco Andretti -- were invisible. Not exactly must-see TV" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 5/11).
Slamball Looking To
Host June Event In L.A.
RETURN TO NEW YORK? YAHOO SPORTS' Dave Meltzer reported UFC fighters Matt Serra and Matt Hamill, along with UFC VP/Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner and other UFC officials, last week spent several days in Albany, New York, working on "gathering political support to legalize [MMA] in New York State and put it under the regulatory authority of the state athletic commission." Ratner said that UFC currently is involved in "pushing legislation to get MMA regulated by athletic commissions in Tennessee, Massachusetts, South Carolina and Rhode Island," to add to the 32 state commissions and DC currently regulating the events (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 5/9).
NO CRUSADER: HBO’s “Real Sports” last night profiled tennis player Venus Williams and noted in recent years she was a strong supporter for equal pay for men and women at both the French Open and Wimbledon. Williams: “I get a lot of credit for equal pay and I don’t feel like it was me. I feel like I was a part of something that everyone was pushing for. I don’t think I should get more credit than anyone else” (“Real Sports,” HBO, 5/12).
TOUGH LOVE: SPORTINGNEWS.com's Mike Florio wrote the "only way to get [NFL] teams to avoid players with a history of legal problems ... is to strip the team of draft picks." Florio: "To prevent claims that certain teams are shown favoritism while others get nailed unfairly, a formula should be created to address the problem as to each and every team" (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 5/9).