SBD/Issue 168/Leagues & Governing Bodies

League Notes

DuPuy Says MLB Looking At Using
Instant Replay On Limited Basis
With the recent controversies over Mets 1B Carlos Delgado and Cubs C Geovany Soto having would-be home runs disallowed by umpires on the field, MLB President & COO Bob DuPuy said Commissioner Bud Selig “has made it clear over the past year or so that he is prepared to look at instant replay in very limited circumstances -- home run, no home run, fair, foul” (“Mike & Mike,” ESPN2, 5/20). MLB Exec VP/Baseball Operations Jimmie Lee Solomon said Selig "could make a decision this season, but I don’t know how quickly it will be implemented” (N.Y. TIMES, 5/21). But in Chicago, Carol Slezak wrote, “The last thing baseball needs is instant replay. … Do we really want baseball games, which already last too long, to grow longer?” (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 5/20).

MLS: In L.A., Grahame Jones writes MLS and Toronto FC coach John Carver “are butting heads” due to Carver’s in-game behavior. Carver is an “emotional coach” who “reacts to what is happening on the field.” Jones: “MLS apparently does not want coaches who show a human side. … What MLS wants are compliant coaches who toe the line. If they speak out and criticize match officials, as many have, they get fined or suspended, or both” (L.A. TIMES, 5/21).

NFL: In Chicago, Dan Pompei reported NFL front offices are “not happy with the new rule that limits training camp roster sizes to 80 players.” Previous rosters included exemptions for NFL Europe players, “leading to rosters close to 90 players.” One GM said, “It’s going to be hard to get through camp and the exhibitions like this. If you have injuries, you are in trouble” (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 5/18).

USSA: USSA VP/Communications Tom Kelly responded to skier Bryon Friedman's claims that the organization "cannot afford to fund their athletes" by indicating that the USSA's funding is up slightly from last year. He also noted that every athlete has the opportunity to qualify for funding, but they "must meet the team’s selection criteria," which was published in May ’07. Friedman did not meet the criteria and was not nominated to the team. Kelly said athletes meeting the team’s criteria will be funded, and athletes on the alpine A, B and C teams are fully funded (THE DAILY).

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