SBD/Issue 165/Leagues & Governing Bodies

League Notes

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).

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