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Buccaneers' Talib (l) And Boyd Come
To Blows At NFL Rookie Symposium
ROOKIE SALARY CAP: ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said it was a “PR stunt” when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league needs a rookie salary cap. Mortensen: “In my talks with owners and executives leading up to the time in May when the owners opted out of the current (CBA), there’s never been a mention of rookie salaries being an issue. What Goodell knows and the owners do know is that the one way they can gain sympathy with the public for the coming labor confrontation, and also win over veteran players, is to push the concept of a rookie-wage scale when in fact it’s in their circle of core issues” (“NFL Live,” ESPN, 7/2). ESPN’s J.A. Adande: “I think this is something that you will see instituted in the NFL because it’ll be a nice bargaining chip. The veterans will say, ‘OK Roger Goodell, you can have this. We want some other concession from you’” ("PTI," ESPN, 7/2).
Many Ballparks Having
Trouble Selling Premium Seats
POWER OUTAGE: The AP's Tim Dahlberg wrote look around almost any MLB ballpark "outside of Boston or [N.Y.] and you'll see large chunks of prime seats going unused -- whether the game is sold out or not." The economy "could be to blame, as could the price of gas," as could "ticket prices that increased 10.9[%] this season alone." Or, "maybe baseball isn't delivering on what brought fans back to the ballpark in the first place in the late '90s and touched off today's attendance boom: the big home run" (AP, 7/2).
TRENDING UPWARD: WNBA games on ABC through the end of June (four games) are averaging a 0.6 rating (747,035 viewers), up from a 0.5 rating last season. On ESPN2, WNBA games are averaging a 0.2 coverage area rating (250,241 viewers) through six games, even from the same point last season. Also, WNBA average attendance has risen to 7,519 through the end of June, a 2.44% increase over an average of 7,340 through the comparable period in '07 (THE DAILY).