SBD/Issue 152/Leagues & Governing Bodies

League Notes

Bettman Notes All Teams Are
Staying In Current Location
In Toronto, Kevin McGran wrote, "Even with groups lined up to place a second team in the Greater Toronto Area, the New York Islanders stymied at attempts to build a new arena and concern mounting about the Phoenix Coyotes, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says all 30 NHL teams are staying put." Bettman: "I like all my 30 clubs where they are. I know there's interest in other places, but I like where we are." Bettman continued, "It doesn't mean, at some point in the future, in a vastly different economic climate, we might not be looking at other opportunities." Bettman said if Islanders Owner Charles Wang's timetable to renovate Nassau Coliseum "is not satisfied," Wang "will be looking at his options." Bettman: "Nobody in their right mind is going to stay in that building a moment longer than they have to" (TORONTO STAR, 4/25).

INT'L INTRIGUE: In Pittsburgh, Rob Biertempfel wrote Cuban baseball players are "some of the most talented in the world," but only a "handful have successfully defected from the communist nation and found their way" to MLB. However, that "would change if the American and Cuban governments end their five-decade cold war," and President Obama's administration already has "eased restrictions" pertaining to the country. If Cubans could become MLB-eligible free agents "without having to defect, the pool of players would be expanded." Pirates Dir of Player Development Kyle Stark said that "improved relations between the U.S. and Cuba could lead to a rush of Cuban players" (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 4/26).

GLOBAL DRIVE: IRL Commercial Division President Terry Angstadt said that his "upcoming trip to China and ongoing talks with Brazil don't mean the IndyCar Series is intent on going global." Angstadt: "We're a domestic series and will continue to be. But to not explore opportunities in countries with emerging economies, we would not be doing our job." Angstadt said that a race in China is "at least two years away," but Brazil is a "likely addition to the 2010 schedule" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 4/27).

TAKING PRECAUTIONS: GOLF CHANNEL's Randall Mell reported LPGA players over the weekend "received up to three e-mails from the tour's tournament operations office outlining specifics of the swine-flu threat and precautions players should take" during the LPGA Corona Championship in Mexico. Golfer Brittany Lincicome: "They were very detailed and included what symptoms to look for, what to do if we aren't feeling well and how we should immediately see a doctor if we become sick" (THEGOLFCHANNEL.com, 4/26).

GET YOUR MOTOR RUNNING: A LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL editorial stated NASCAR's announced decision to move its year-end awards ceremony to the city "couldn't have come at a better time for the recession-buffeted Las Vegas economy, and serves as a reminder that the city still offers precisely what has made it the world's entertainment capital for decades." Las Vegas tourism officials and "all others involved in pitching Las Vegas as the best site for NASCAR to wind up its season deserve a hearty, 'Well done'" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 4/25).

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