SBD/Issue 111/Leagues & Governing Bodies

League Notes

MLB Steroid Use Matters A Lot
To 60% Of Respondents To Poll
A nationwide N.Y. Times/CBS News telephone poll regarding steroid use by MLBers indicates that the use of performance-enhancing drugs "mattered a lot" to 60% of respondents, up from 53% last year. Thirty-seven percent of fans surveyed said that they "believed that at least half of major league players use steroids," while 38% said that a "quarter use them." The survey polled 1,112 adults, of whom 429 said that they were "very or somewhat interested in baseball" (N.Y. TIMES, 2/26).

ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE? ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian noted MLB is trying to sell the World Baseball Classic, and if they "want Johan Santana to pitch, I think the Mets have to give in and let him do it." However, there are many teams "resisting that, and we’re seeing a whole bunch of really good players pull out of this thing." Kurkjian: "I don’t blame the teams for doing that, but at the same time it’s not helping the tournament that some of the best players aren’t playing.” He added the bigger issue is there is “no perfect time to run this tournament” (“Mike & Mike,” ESPN2, 2/26).

BREAKING NEW GROUND: USF1 Technical Dir Ken Anderson said that 90% of the necessary funding to organize the Charlotte-based start-up team and build the cars "is already in place." ESPN.com's Dan Knutson noted USF1 "plans to be a lot more accessible to the fans and media than most F1 teams." USF1 Sporting Dir Peter Windsor: "We are in the entertainment business, and we want it to be a TV-led F1 team. We are to be that by definition, being so close to Speed TV, and we are also going to have our own TV production facilities inside our factory headquarters." He added, "We are going to design the fan route -- they will be welcome to come to our HQ; they will be able to tour, look at an F1 car being designed and built. They will be able to touch and feel an F1 team for the first time" (ESPN.com, 2/25).

EXTRA TIME? ESPN SOCCERNET’s Phil Holland reported the Int’l Football Association Board, which sets the laws of the game governing global soccer, this week will meet to “discuss a raft of proposals" designed to improve the sport. One of the “most controversial suggestions on the agenda is the possibility of extending halftime from 15 to 20 minutes.” FIFA President Sepp Blatter reportedly is “in favour of the move as it would allow more time to sell advertising during televised games” (ESPNSOCCERNET.com, 2/25).

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