SBD/Issue 162/Leagues & Governing Bodies

League Notes

Slamball Looking To
Host June Event In L.A.
In L.A., Greg Johnson reports Slamball Founder Mason Gordon is planning a single venue event in L.A. over the first three weeks of June, and while a site has not been set, Slamball organizers are "in talks with officials from three venues." Slamball's business plan "calls for investors to buy into the league," which would own the eight franchises. Team names such as Mob, Slashers and Maulers "underscore the potential for on-the-court mayhem." IMG Global Media President Chris Albrecht, whose company in February bought a stake in Slamball, sees the sport as a "potentially lucrative sport that can spin off programming for television and the Internet that would appeal to hard-to-reach young males from the suburbs and urban neighborhoods." Albrecht also said there is "potential for expansion" in the U.S. and overseas. Albrecht: "This thing can be in business for a long time if we can get it right." Albrecht added that Slamball's "most important challenge will be 'getting the sport part of it right'" (L.A. TIMES, 5/13).

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). 

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