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Manchester United Could Earn About
$154M Payout This Season From TV DealTELEVISION REVENUE FOR EPL CLUBS FOR '07-08 SEASON(all figures in $USD)CLUB'07-08'06-07ManU$96.4M$62.5MChelsea$89.1M$60.4M
Arsenal$91.5M$56.7M Liverpool$88.7M$55.5M Everton$82.3M$49.5M Aston Villa$82.7M$43.0M Blackburn$78.6M$43.0M Portsmouth$79.0M$45.0M Manchester City$77.6M$41.1M West Ham United$72.0M$41.3M Tottenham Hotspur$70.4M$53.4M Newcastle$76.7M$41.5M Middlesbrough$66.9M$40.1M Wigan$65.3M$36.0M Sunderland$65.8M$12.7M* Bolton$62.6M$48.1M Fulham$61.3M$39.9M Reading$59.9M$46.2M Birmingham$58.3M$12.7M* Derby County$57.0M--- EPL TOTALS$1.6B$983.5M
NOTES: * = denotes parachute payment for clubs promoted from the Coca-Cola Championship. Total payout to the 20 EPL clubs, excluding parachute payments, was $1.5B, up from $907.3M in '06-07.
GREAT SEATS: In London, Glenn Moore reports the EPL's attendance for the '07-08 season of 13,734,837 is a "competition record, and the highest top-flight aggregate since" '72-73, when there were 82 more games. There is "room for growth, but not much without more stadiums being developed, or the controversial expansion overseas" (London INDEPENDENT, 5/16).
MLB Looking Into Safety Issues
Caused By Shatter-Prone Maple Bats
TV TALKS POSTPONED: In Raleigh, Roger Van Der Horst reports MLB owners also brought up the issue of getting "more games on television in outlying areas," including getting MASN in North Carolina, but they postponed a "more detailed discussion until their next meetings in September." MLB President & COO Bob DuPuy was expected to participate in the discussions, but he missed the meeting after leg surgery (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 5/16).
Horse Racing Officials Look For Answers
In Wake Of Eight Belles' Tragic Death
IN NEED OF A LEADER: In L.A., Bill Dwyre writes under the header, "Horse Racing Needs An Authority Figure." The sport "can agree only that it has no central power and can't even agree on whether that matters." California Horse Racing Board Equine Medical Dir Rick Arthur, when asked about the concept of a "true commissioner," said, "We need one." Trainer Richard Mandella: "Great idea, but who do you get? It would have to be someone independent of any special interest group. Someone who could bring everybody together." Jockey agent Tom Knust: "We need a dictator." Trainer Bob Baffert suggested naming trainer D. Wayne Lukas commissioner, saying Lukas could "get through all the politics and get something done. When [Eight Belles] went down in the Derby, I would have just hauled Lukas out of the stands and put him in charge, let him handle the press and the doctors" (L.A. TIMES, 5/16). In Philadelphia, Dick Jerardi wrote, "Does the sport have a serious problem? Absolutely. Is there anything that can be done about it? Absolutely. Will anything be done about it? Not likely." Horse racing needs a "national office with a David Stern-like commissioner who could mandate rules that work best for the most people." But Jerardi adds, "Can't happen because each state controls and regulates the sport in its state" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 5/15). SI.com's Tim Layden: "The biggest problem of all is that racing doesn't have a commissioner. It has state commissions, and within those state commissions, separate race track jurisdictions bound by similar rules but enforced by different people" (SI.com, 5/15).
CHANGES NEEDED: SI.com's Layden wrote, "Changing the sport is a daunting proposition. NFL labor troubles look like PTA squabbling by comparison." Layden: "It's hard to kill a sport. Humans have been racing on the backs of horses since several thousand years B.C. ... Change will come to racing, but it will come slowly " (SI.com, 5/15). In Detroit, David Mesrey: "Even when horse racing is clean, it's still a dirty business. For every Seattle Slew, there are thousands like Eight Belles. For every Secretariat, scores of Barbaros. ... Colorful images and slick marketing campaigns have traditionally shielded the general public from these harsh realities" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 5/16).
In Indianapolis, Bob Kravitz writes of Indianapolis' bid for Super Bowl XLVI in 2012, "If the NFL pulls the rug out from under Indianapolis a second time, I suggest a Hoosier march on NFL [HQs] in New York, replete with pitchforks and flaming torches." The city's bid for Super Bowl XLV, which was awarded to Dallas, was "strong ... and it's stronger this time, especially in the area of available hotel rooms." Central Indiana Corporate Partnership CEO Mark Miles, who is leading Indianapolis' bid effort, "has the right idea: Turn Downtown Indianapolis into a giant Super Bowl festival" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 5/16). Colts Owner Jim Irsay, in a Q&A with the INDIANAPOLIS STAR's Mike Chappell, said of the city's selling points, "We're in a centralized location, we have the hotels, we have an outstanding stadium. We don't hide the fact that we (don't have) the weather of South Florida or Southern California or wherever" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 5/16).
TONE IT DOWN: NBA Commissioner David Stern appeared on Thursday's edition of ESPN's "Jim Rome Is Burning," where he discussed his comments about cutting back pyrotechnics and loud music at NBA games. Stern said he was “an old-school person (but) I’m not a person who thinks that you should go to the game to only hear the squeak of the sneakers. I understand that, but I’ve seen some beautiful presentations using music, video, laser light shows, all kinds of things, without shutting down viewers with chemically induced fog or singeing eyebrows” ("Jim Rome Is Burning," ESPN, 5/15).
MESSAGE TRAINING: PGA Tour member Paul Goydos said that the PGA Tour "holds media-training sessions for players of all ages and tax brackets." Goydos on the training: "They basically told us to say nothing. That was pretty much the entire message during the two hours we were there." GOLF WORLD's John Hawkins: "What's the point in hiring a pricey consultant when you could slap a piece of duct tape over the mouth of every player as he leaves the 18th green? ... Candor drives personality, and personality obviously stimulates interest in a game widely perceived to be full of middle-aged men who consider boredom a virtue. ... The tour needs to loosen its grip pressure" (GOLF WORLD, 5/16 issue).