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SBD/Issue 167/Leagues & Governing Bodies
Published May 20, 2008
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ENOUGH ALREADY: In Greensboro, Rob Daniels writes U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter's (R-PA) "pursuit of Spygate is becoming annoying to virtually everybody." Daniels: "Specter's posturing isn't simply frivolous; it arms and emboldens those who think the feds should never get involved in sports" (Greensboro NEWS & RECORD, 5/20). A SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS editorial states, "Let the league police its own house. If [Specter] wants to provide a good example for America, he should start with Congress" (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 5/20). CBSSPORTS.com's Ray Ratto: "Because it's the Patriots, and more to the point, the NFL, this thing took on legs that it didn't really deserve, even when it was at its height. The breathless reportage was one part 'we're on to something here' and three parts, 'it's the NFL, and there's an audience segment that will watch it no matter how stupid it is'" (CBSSPORTS.com, 5/19).
DOWNHILL SLOPE: U.S. skier Bryon Friedman, on his blog, wrote the U.S. Ski Team "cannot afford to fund their athletes, including me." The team "does not have the financial backing to fully fund their team." Friedman: "If the organization is not going the direction of the individual (keep in mind skiing is an individual sport, not a team sport) then where is it going? I'll tell you where. It's going to the pockets of the upper management, specifically CEO Bill Marolt, who egregiously recorded a $300,000 bonus this season on top of his already high $700,000/year salary" (YARDBARKER.com, 5/17).