SBD/Issue 2/Leagues & Governing Bodies

League Notes

In Miami, Michelle Kaufman reported La Liga club FC Barcelona is "looking to launch a sister team in Miami in conjunction" with MLS. A Barcelona spokesperson said that President Joan LaPorta and CEO Joan Olive last week were in the Miami area "exploring the market but stressed that talks of starting a U.S. team are in the preliminary stages." LaPorta and Olive also visited N.Y. and are "weighing a few East Coast cities" (MIAMI HERALD, 9/14).

LEARNING FROM HISTORY: With yesterday marking the one-year anniversary of the Patriots' Spygate scandal, CBS' Charley Casserly reported the NFL this offseason "hired personnel from federal agencies whose job it was to protect our embassies from wire-tapping." Casserly: "What’s happening at stadiums during these games is first of all, we have personnel that people, that the teams are not even going to know are there and … checking to see if the frequency between the coach/player system is being disturbed deliberately.” The NFL personnel can also check to see if “players are wrongfully being miked” and they will be “able to listen in to the coach/player communication system to see when that cutoff switch goes off in 15 seconds is it being bypassed." Also, "more aggressive checks of locker rooms, players’ equipment and coaches’ booths” are taking place (“The NFL Today,” CBS, 9/14).

Has Beckham Elevated
Soccer's Status In U.S.?
MORE THAN JUST HYPE? In K.C., Joe Posnanski wrote, "I'm not exactly sure what we were supposed to get out of the whole [Galaxy MF] David Beckham experience." Has Beckham "made soccer any more vibrant in America?" SI's Grant Wahl: "I think he has proven that he's definitely a celebrity, and people are fascinated by him. But I don't think it has carried over to the rest of the league" (K.C. STAR, 9/14).

DAVYDENKO CLEARED: The ATP Friday cleared Nikolay Davydenko of charges that he fixed a match last summer. The ATP said that it "found no evidence of wrongdoing" by Davydenko, his opponent, Martin Vassallo Arguello, or "anyone else associated with their match." The ATP in a statement said it has "now exhausted all avenues of inquiry open to it, and the investigation is now concluded" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/13).

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