SBD/Issue 96/Leagues & Governing Bodies

League Notes

Gadsden Putting Together Group To
Pursue CFL Expansion Franchise
The GLOBE & MAIL's David Naylor reports former NFLer Oronde Gadsden "has put together a group that plans to pursue a CFL expansion franchise for either" Detroit or Rochester, New York. Gadsden: "Because of the suspension of the Arena Football League and NFL Europe, there's lots of people in South Florida who don't have a chance to play. In these financial times, you are looking for something with stability and the CFL is extremely stable. ... Detroit and Rochester border Canada and people in those two cities already watch CFL on TV so it's not a big change, not like bringing it to Miami." But Naylor notes Gadsden's "biggest problem will be that -- after the ill-fated southern expansion in the early 1990s -- the CFL has apparently no interest in returning" to the U.S. (GLOBE & MAIL, 2/5).

WHAT CRISIS? ESPN SOCCERNET's Phil Holland cited Deloitte's Sports Business Group as indicating that spending by the 20 teams in the English Premier League (EPL) during the January transfer window "hit a new record high," as the group's early reports "suggest that the clubs parted with" US$233.9M in the window. Holland: "It is true that the Premier League remains recession proof at the moment because they know their main income, derived television rights sales, are guaranteed for this season and the next." But if bids for EPL TV rights from the '10-11 season through the '12-13 season "fail to match the [US$4B] the clubs receive a share of for the current three-year rights period perhaps overall transfer spending records will stop being broken" (, 2/4).

VIKING'S QUEST: Vikings C Matt Birk said that he was "surprised but not deterred by the poor response from NFL players who were asked to donate part of their game checks" from the December 21 games to "assist former players who face severe health and financial hardships." In Minneapolis, Chip Scoggins noted "of the nearly 1,700 active players in the league, only about 20 donated to the cause, including" eight Vikings. Birk Tuesday acknowledged that he was "surprised that only about 1[%] of the active players donated, but he vowed to work harder to raise awareness for the cause." Birk: "It's not going to deter me from getting the message out there" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 2/4).

PEP RALLY: Golf Channel’s Rex Hoggard reported PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem held an hour-long mandatory players’ meeting Tuesday night that was a “live version of (his) live video” he distributed to players in December. Hoggard: “He wanted players to be more engaging, more engaging to the fans, more engaging to the sponsors and to the media. It’s a contract year; he doesn’t want the players to get complacent. He knows how big this year is and he wants the economy to be front and center” (“Golf Central,” Golf Channel, 2/4).

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