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Policy's Resignation Throws More
Uncertainty Into Future Of AFL
Smith Says He's Extremely Blunt
When Talking To People
WELCOME TO THE CLUB: Patriots OT Matt Light will replace LB Mike Vrabel as the team's NFLPA player rep after Vrabel was traded to the Chiefs, and Light believes that the players are "as unified as ever." Light, who attended the NFLPA's March meetings where they elected Smith, said, "I felt like we had four strong candidates, but I think it was really clear to everybody in the room that DeMaurice was the guy that just stood above the rest. He is very polished, a very good speaker, and has some great insight into how business is done at the level of which the NFL conducts business" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/5).
Patriots LB Adalius Thomas Does Not Like Idea
Of Possible 18-Game Regular Season
ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun cited sources as indicating that NHLPA Exec Dir Paul Kelly recently invited NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman "to the players' annual summer meetings in Las Vegas in June and [Bettman] has accepted." LeBrun noted it is "believed to be a first in NHL history to have the commissioner speak to the players directly at their meetings; at the very least, we know it's a first for Bettman since he took the helm in February 1993." Sources also indicated that the NHL has "signed a three-year deal" with the Palms Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to host its annual awards show, "guaranteeing the event will be there through 2011" (ESPN.com, 4/4).
DOLLARS & SENSE: SI.com's Ian Thomsen noted NBA players this season "continued to rake in huge salaries while the larger economy comes shattering down all around them." Official NBA payroll figures indicated that "more than $2,144,283,570 is being paid to 507 players" this year, which "makes for an average salary of $4.2[M]." Thomsen wrote the Lakers and Magic are the league's two "most efficient franchises," as the Lakers have a $78.3M payroll, or $1.22M per win, while the Magic have a $70.1M payroll, or $1.13M per win. Meanwhile, the Wizards and Kings are the league's two "most wasteful franchises," as the Wizards have a $70.6M payroll, or $3.72M per win, while the Kings have a $67.3M payroll, or $3.74M per win (SI.com, 4/3).
STILL SPEEDING ALONG: In N.Y., Brad Spurgeon wrote the financial situation of the current F1 season will be "little different from past years thanks to sponsorship, circuit hosting and television contracts signed years in advance," though ticket sales and corporate spending "could be off." Much will "depend on where the economy goes and how successfully the series cuts costs," but "many people inside and outside the sport say it remains a value for advertisers." Former F1 team Minardi Owner Paul Stoddart: "It is still the best bang for buck spent in advertising anywhere in the world, and I would argue one of the best sporting opportunities because you're in so many parts of the world, televised to so many different countries" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/5).