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SBD/Issue 219/Leagues & Governing Bodies
Published August 4, 2008
|Greek Team Olympiakos Reportedly Considering
Pursuing LeBron James As Free Agent In 2010
POLICY CHANGE? SPORTINGNEWS.com's Mike Florio wrote the NFL's personal conduct policy seems to be "going more easily on players than it arguably should." Lions rookie OT Gosder Cherilus "won't be disciplined for his role in a July 2007 bar fight because the incident occurred before Cherilus entered the NFL," which marks "a dramatic change from a year ago, when [Bengals DE] Frostee Rucker was suspended for one game because of something that occurred before Rucker was drafted" in '06. The Cherilus situation "suggests that, moving forward, NFL teams drafting players who got into trouble before entering the league need not worry at all about a suspension for those pre-NFL incidents" (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 8/1).
FURTHER REVIEW: In N.Y., Larry Brooks reported the NHL “will look into the circumstances behind the loan" from Kings Owner AEG to Predators Investor William “Boots” Del Biaggio III and loans of up to $20M to Del Biaggio from then-Predators Owner Craig Leipold. Though NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has said that the “burden for revealing those loans fell on Del Biaggio during his application process,” sources indicated that the NHL “intends to look very, very carefully at the behavior of AEG and Leipold.” A source indicated that “even if it is not yet clear that AEG and Leipold violated those rules ... it is clear enough that all parties were obligated to report the loans to the NHL office” (N.Y. POST, 8/3).