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  • LPGA Commissioner Bivens May Be Amenable To Taking Buyout

    Bivens Owed Roughly $500,000 Per
    Year For Final Two Years Of Contract
    LPGA Commissioner Carolyn Bivens is amenable to taking a buyout from her post, and the LPGA BOD has authorized a golf industry executive to contact potential candidates to replace her, said sources close to the situation. As of last night, the board was not actively negotiating a buyout, said a source, but talks are expected to commence soon. While the outcome of any negotiation is uncertain, industry sources said a buyout of a basic employment contract such as Bivens’ could be completed in a week. She is owed roughly $500,000 per year for the final two years of a three-year extension signed in ’08. Meanwhile, a representative authorized to speak on behalf of the board is contacting sports industry execs to gauge their interest in the job. It could not be determined how many candidates have been contacted. The board declined to comment (Jon Show, SportsBusiness Journal). Golf World's Ron Sirak noted the commissioner's office has not commented on speculation around Bivens' job partially because the LPGA is "waiting for the U.S. Open to play itself out so as not to interfere with this event." Sirak: "We’re going to hear a lot more early next week and I think we’re going to have an idea of where this is going to go. ... It’s going to be interesting to see how the Board responds” (“Golf Central,” Golf Channel, 7/8). N.Y. Post reporter Mark Cannizzaro noted an issue with Bivens' buyout is the LPGA is "going to have to pay her off for her last year-and-a-half of her contract." But he added, "They’re going to be meeting pretty soon. I think they’ll come up with the money” (“19th Hole,” Golf Channel, 7/8).

    ALL IN FAVOR?  Golfer Kristy McPherson said she is "in favor ... as the majority is" of Bivens stepping down. McPherson: "Everybody wants the best for the tour and to keep the sponsors happy. I think she's just maybe not going about it in the right way." McPherson added, "A lot of the players out here agree that when we start losing tournaments that have been around here for so long it's not only the economy, and something needs to be done" (Myrtle Beach SUN NEWS, 7/9). Golfer Suzann Pettersen, who signed a letter to the LPGA BOD seeking Bivens' resignation, said, "All we are doing is standing up for our tour. Now it's up to our leadership and our board to find a solution." Pettersen added that the letter was "written on 'behalf of the majority of players.'" However, GOLFWEEK's Beth Ann Baldry reported it is "questionable whether the majority knew about the call for Bivens' resignation." Golfer Christina Kim, one of the seven players on the LPGA BOD, "wasn't invited to the dinner and was unaware of the letter until after the fact." Kim said that she "had no problems with Bivens or been 'witness to anything negative.'" Kim: "I don't believe (our problems are) due to any one person or occurrence. It's a multitude of things." Retired golfer Rosie Jones added, "I hope we're not shooting ourselves in the foot" (, 7/7). Golfer Lorena Ochoa said of the LPGA BOD, "I believe they will do the best for us, and hopefully things will start, you know, moving in a good direction, because we are worried that we're losing tournaments and we want to get back on a good track" (USA TODAY, 7/9).

    DEFENDING THE STATUS QUO: In Jacksonville, Garry Smits reports World Golf HOFers Louise Suggs and Carol Mann yesterday both said that the "player revolt to fire Bivens after fewer than four years on the job is premature in light of the current economic difficulties for all sponsor-driven sports." Mann: "They should have their heads examined. For them to do this, the week before the U.S. Open, is sabotage. The timing of what they're doing is one of the most inappropriate things I've ever seen." Suggs: "When I think of all the years we had to get on our knees and beg for everything, for sponsors, fans, decent courses -- I think Carolyn deserves more of a chance. She's doing the best she can. I don't know who else could do better" (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 7/9).

    Corning Classic Among Events
    Lost During Bivens' Tenure
    LONG TIME COMING: ESPN’s Judy Rankin, a member of the World Golf HOF, said the issue concerning Bivens probably should have been an “internal conversation … but the truth of the matter is things have been brewing for some time.” Rankin: “There are schedule problems. Obviously, there are re-signing tournament problems, new tournament problems, and we’ve just been through a consecutive run of tournaments with a lot of very longtime sponsors where a lot of players have a lot of relationships and a lot of friends, and those events are in jeopardy. That has kind of made this brewing thing boil over.” Rankin added of Bivens, “I think one thing everyone would be in agreement about, though, is she works very hard … and she has a big passion for the job that she’s been doing. But there is a lot unrest” (“SportsCenter at the U.S. Women’s Open,” ESPN, 7/8). In DC, Zach Berman writes, "However it is done, women's golf needs a jolt." Berman notes the tour has "lost seven tournaments" since '07, and the '10 LPGA Championship "has neither a sponsor nor a location" (WASHINGTON POST, 7/9).

    BIVENS OVERPLAYED HER HAND:'s Bob Harig wrote Bivens, in her "zest to increase the standards on the LPGA by requiring bigger purses, as well as higher licensing and television fees, may have overplayed her hand." Harig: "Perhaps it would have been better to sign up as many sponsors as possible in these tough times, offering a few deals and perks to get folks on board. Instead, the LPGA Tour is struggling to remain viable" (, 7/8). In Honolulu, Bill Kwon writes the "sagging economy hasn't helped" the LPGA, but if Bivens had "displayed people skills, some of the tournaments as well as some of her staff might still be with us." Instead, sponsors were "turned off, saying enough already." Kwon: "With Bivens, it has always been my way or the highway, even though her ideas more often than not have run into road blocks or dead-ends" (HONOLULU ADVERTISER, 7/9).'s Steve Elling noted the LPGA players "had mostly been her allies until the Kapalua event, set for the fall in Hawaii, bailed last week with four years remaining on the resort's LPGA contract." Elling wrote most observers have "watched the unprecedented scenario play out from dry land with a detached sense of interest and amusement." The biggest question about Bivens' potential departure is, "what took so long?" (, 7/8). Sirak noted Bivens had a "very ambitious plan to raise pensions for the players, to raise their health coverage, to raise purses for the players." Sirak: "She put into effect this business plan that greatly increased sanctioning fees for the tournaments … and that came just at a bad time. Her whole plan was that '09 would be this springboard year into a new business model for 2010. Now it's turning out to be exactly the wrong time to impose such a plan" ("Outside The Lines," ESPN, 7/8).

    WHAT'S NEXT? Golfweek's Baldry said Bivens' replacement, should she resign, needs to be "someone who’s all about partnerships, someone who is well-versed in the golf world and can come in immediately and try to repair these relationships, someone who is very familiar with the situations and the people in play." Baldry: "I would be surprised if it were someone that was right underneath Bivens’ command. It’s got to be someone else from the outside, not someone right underneath her because I would think that would be seen as more of the same” (“19th Hole,” Golf Channel, 7/8).

    Writers Feels Lopez (l) Could Be
    Good Replacement For Bivens

    BLAST FROM THE PAST: USA TODAY's Christine Brennan writes if Bivens resigns, the tour should both pick a "qualified businesswoman to lead the tour," as well as hire World Golf HOFer Nancy Lopez. She could be the "new old face of the tour, with the title of commissioner or president or chairperson, then hire a CEO to run the tour." Lopez "isn't a business whiz, but she is golf's quintessential goodwill ambassador," and she would bring "more than personal warmth to the job." A recent LPGA name-recognition poll had Lopez ranked No. 1, ahead of Annika Sorenstam and Michelle Wie. Brennan writes the LPGA "might as well draw on its most enduring name for all the help it can get right now" (USA TODAY, 7/9). In Toledo, Dave Hackenberg writes Lopez "would be the perfect commissioner to repair the current state of the LPGA." She would be the "perfect up-front face for the struggling organization and could hire all the business and legal types she needed to handle the technical aspects." Lopez would "effectively represent the tour she loves and its players," and she would "repair the damaged relations between the tour and its sponsors" (TOLEDO BLADE, 7/9).

    FIVE-STEP PROCESS: In Newark, Brendan Prunty writes Bivens' resignation "would not be the cure-all that it may appear," as there are "five things that have got to happen first." The U.S. Women's Open, which tees off today, currently is "totally overshadowed" by other sporting events during the summer, so tour officials should "move it to Mother's Day weekend" in May. The LPGA should "nix the current format of the Solheim Cup," which pits the U.S. against Europe, and "make it America against the World." Some of the "best golfers in the world are Asian and yet they are shut out of the Solheim." The tour also should treat the LPGA Championship like the PGA Championship instead of a "bigger weekly tour stop." The LPGA needs to make sure "backbone events" such as the Wegmans LPGA and the Corning Classic are on the schedule "by whatever means necessary." Prunty: "These are your bread-and-butter fans that show up no matter the economic conditions." Finally, the tour should "embrace Michelle Wie." Prunty: "What the LPGA needs to do is get over itself and hop aboard the Wie Wagon. She's on the level of Tiger or Phil, where no matter where she finishes, it's a major story" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 7/9).

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  • NBA Defends Salary Cap Memo Following Billy Hunter's Criticism

    Fegan, Agents Worry Memo
    Having Chilling Effect On Market
    The NBA last night said that a memo it issued to NBA teams Tuesday predicting steep declines in the salary cap and the luxury tax thresholds for the '10-11 season was based on the league's "best, good faith projections." NBPA Exec Dir Billy Hunter earlier yesterday warned that the union could potentially file a collusion case against the NBA if the league did not have "a good faith basis" for a memo to teams projecting a steep drop in the salary cap and luxury-tax threshold for the '10-11 season. NBA Senior VP/Marketing Communications Mike Bass said in a statement last night, "The memo speaks for itself and it was issued to give our teams our best, good faith projections." Top NBA player agents, meanwhile, said the memo was having a chilling effect on an already cold market for player deals. "If they are projecting a 5% decrease, and all these teams are gearing up for cap space next year, they are going to be reluctant to agree to a multi-year deal that would negatively impact their flexibility on a going forward basis," said Blue Equity Sports Television agent Dan Fegan, who represents Fs Shawn Marion and Anderson Varejao, who were free agents this offseason. "In addition a 5% decrease will have a similar effect on the luxury tax number -- which is a number all teams in the NBA are concerned about. Any contracts signed on a going-forward basis are going to be reviewed internally with a decreased luxury tax number in mind. My reaction is it just raises questions about the timing of the announcement and what the NBA is using to substantiate those projections." BDA Sports CEO Bill Duffy, who represents restricted free agents Hakim Warrick and Raymond Felton, added, "I think there is an absolute cutback as we speak. The M.O. of every team now is 90% fiscal and 10% team enhancement. All you do when you talk to teams now is talk about their incapabilities (to sign player deals) because of the rigidity of the system. Players don't understand why they have a vital role on the team and the team refuses to sign them strictly for fiscal reasons" (Liz Mullen, SportsBusiness Journal).

    Current Economic Environment May Force
    James To Reconsider Contract Opt Out Plans
    A NEW WRINKLE: In N.Y., Jonathan Abrams writes the NBA's memo "added new dimensions to the landscape of next summer's potential galaxy of star free agents," as the shrinking salary cap could "affect the potential spending sprees of teams that have geared themselves for the expectant 2010 class." While teams have been "budget conscious this summer," Cavaliers F LeBron James, who can opt out of his current deal and become a free agent after the '09-10 season, "may reconsider his plans." James is due $15.78M for the '09-10 season and $17.15M "if he plays the final season of his contract." NBA Salary Cap FAQ's Larry Coon said the NBA's memo is a "warning to teams saying you're responsible for the decisions you make and don't say you haven't been warned" (N.Y. TIMES, 7/9). In Akron, Patrick McManamon writes the potential diminished salary cap puts James "in the interesting position of leaving money on the table if he does not sign the max extension that the Cavs will offer him this month." There is a "bit of a guessing game going on," but what is "certain is that James can earn more money by staying with the Cavs, and he would earn more staying with the Cavs if he signs this offseason" (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 7/9). ESPN's Mike Golic said, "Who should be happy are the Cavaliers, Toronto, Miami -- all the teams where your stars are right now." Golic: "The best position for those guys may be with their own teams because of what's going on" ("Mike & Mike in the Morning," ESPN2, 7/9). Meanwhile, the Knicks have long been rumored as a possible landing spot for James next summer, but SportsNet N.Y.'s Brandon Tierney said the lower cap "changes absolutely everything." Tierney: "LeBron has zero chance now. Dwyane Wade has zero chance now. This simply is not going to happen. What Donnie Walsh needs to do ... he's got to make 2010 start happening in 2009." Walsh, the Knicks' President of Basketball Operations, should "forget about the dream about these stars coming here, and you go out there and you creatively chase the next best things" ("The Wheelhouse," SNY, 7/8).

    NOT BAD NEWS FOR EVERYONE: TRUEHOOP's Henry Abbott wrote the memo had "bad news for the basketball staffs, looking to spend more and more to acquire talent." But he added, "I expect the memo was borderline thrilling to some, including poor teams, many owners and the bean counters who worry about teams' balance sheets" (, 7/8). In Minneapolis, Michael Rand wrote while the decreased cap "appears, at first blush, to be bad news, it could actually be good news" for the T'Wolves. The team projects to be $12-14M under the revised salary cap, "enough to pay a couple role players and make a run at a big ticket free agent" (, 7/8).

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  • MLBPA Exec Board Gives Weiner Preliminary OK To Succeed Fehr

    Weiner Will Not Officially Replace Fehr
    Until Exec Board Meets After Season
    The MLBPA Exec Board yesterday notified union members of its preliminary decision to name General Counsel Michael Weiner as the union’s next Exec Dir, replacing Donald Fehr. The Board has put Weiner’s selection to a vote of the MLBPA’s full membership (MLBPA). In N.Y., Nathaniel Vinton writes there were "no dissenting votes, but Weiner won't officially take the helm until the executive board meets again following the season to formally name him as the successor" to Fehr. Weiner is "well known to the union's members for his role in salary arbitration, collective bargaining negotiations, and the implementation of baseball's drug-testing program" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 7/9).

    DRUG TESTING ISSUES: The AP's Ronald Blum reported WADA President John Fahey has urged MLB to "adopt its code, which includes a two-year suspension for an athlete's first positive test." Fahey in a statement yesterday said, "With recent cases, investigations and revelations, including in recently published books, the evidence is indisputable that doping remains an entrenched issue in baseball." But MLB Exec VP/Labor Relations Rob Manfred "quickly dismissed criticism" from Fahey, "calling him 'sadly misinformed.'" Manfred: "It is absurd to suggest that 'recently published books' -- which allege steroid use that occurred years ago -- have any relevance to our current program. As demonstrated by recent events, when a player tests positive, the penalty is public and severe" (AP, 7/8).

    STATE OF THE LEAGUE: MLB President & COO Bob DuPuy appeared on Fox Business yesterday to discuss the financial state of the game, which he said "is very good." DuPuy: "Our sponsors, recognizing that baseball provides wholesome value family entertainment, have hung with us." DuPuy discussed Fox selling out the ad inventory for next week's All-Star Game, and said, “The ad sales have been very good. Over 40% of the ads are with our national sponsors. Many of them are going to be doing baseball-themed advertising during the All-Star Game.” He added, "On the local level, the teams are pushing very hard to sell advertising and sell sponsorships, but are doing quite well given the state of the economy." DuPuy said it is a "terrific honor" to have President Obama throwing out the first pitch at the All-Star Game. DuPuy: "It's only the seventh sitting president to attend a Major League Baseball All-Star Game in history and to have him come and throw out the first pitch and focus on the charitable elements that surround the All-Star Game we think is very, very critical" ("Money for Breakfast," Fox Business, 7/8).

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  • WTA Board, Korn Ferry Meeting Today To Discuss New Chief Exec

    The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour BOD is meeting in N.Y. today with search firm Korn Ferry to perhaps select the next leader of the tour, sources said. The board is looking at four candidates: WTA President Stacey Allaster, COO & General Counsel David Shoemaker and two outsider candidates, sources said. Allaster is the heavy favorite for the job, which became vacant June 30 when Larry Scott left the tour to become Commissioner of the Pac-10 Conference. It could not be determined who the two outsiders are. One source said the WTA board feels the search has gone on long enough -- Scott announced his departure in February -- and that the group should have a chief executive in place when the U.S. summer hardcourt season begins next week. It is not certain, however, a choice will be made.

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  • Roger Goodell Puts Stamp On NFL With Personal Conduct Policy

    Goodell Came To NFL Promising To
    Eliminate Any Tolerance Of Bad Boys
    ESPN's "Outside The Lines" yesterday examined the impact of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's personal conduct policy, and ESPN's Steve Bunin noted Goodell came into the league "promising to eliminate any tolerance of the NFL's bad boys, putting a personal stamp on the league's personal conduct policy." ESPN's Chris Mortensen: "I know some players who have sat in his office and walked out of there feeling pretty good about their meeting with him and then, all of a sudden, Commissioner Goodell nailed them pretty good. ... Commissioner Goodell is a big believer in protecting the shield. By the way, there were suspensions before he came on-board, but he just ratcheted up the policy. But he did not do so without the consultation of active players, a Player Advisory Committee." Mortensen said Goodell has "definitely defined himself as being a bigger sheriff than any other previous commissioner." ESPN's Marcellus Wiley: "They now know there is a no-nonsense commissioner up in the front office." Detroit Free Press columnist Drew Sharp: "Players feel, because of the financial means that they have to get the best legal representation possible, they can do pretty much whatever they want. ... What Roger Goodell is saying is that he is acting independent of what the legal system is, and I think that's the commissioner's role." Sharp added Goodell's "main responsibility" is "protecting that NFL logo." Wiley said, "The commissioner's role is to actually exercise the voice of all the players and also respect the shield and grow the brand of the NFL as a business" ("Outside The Lines," ESPN, 7/8).

    CONQUERING A NEW MOUNTAIN: In Tacoma, Eric Williams reports Goodell and Seahawks coach Jim Mora Jr. yesterday were part of a group that "successfully reached the summit" of Mt. Rainier. Eight of the nine non-guides in the group "made it to the top of Rainier, with one climber having to turn back because of an elbow injury." The group participated in the event "as part of a fund-raiser for the United Way, with Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke convincing Goodell to accept the challenge." Goodell "appeared to come through the climb reasonably well, saying the climb to the summit was more challenging than he thought it would be." Goodell: "You really have to be prepared for this. And it really tests your will. It tested my will quite a few times." Goodell said that he had "never attempted any type of mountaineering before but now has a newfound respect for the skill after climbing Rainier" (Tacoma NEWS TRIBUNE, 7/9). Goodell added, "It was amazing. I've never been pushed that hard, both physically and emotionally, and probably mentally. You have to overcome your fear and you have to overcome your doubts of whether you can do it. There were some times on the mountain … that I didn't think I'd be here" (, 7/8). Mora: "I can tell you after three days with him ... and watching what he did and what he overcame and some of the fears he had to overcome, he's a pretty special man" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 7/9).

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  • NASCAR To License Driving School Formerly With Gordon's Name

    NASCAR is getting into the driving school business. Later this afternoon, NASCAR will announce that it is licensing the driving school that formerly carried Jeff Gordon's name. Robert Lutz, who helped start Richard Petty's driving school in the early '90s, is the man behind the new NASCAR Racing Experience, which formerly was the Jeff Gordon Racing School. The Gordon school officially takes on the NASCAR title July 24. Lutz also runs the Mario Andretti Racing School for open-wheel cars, which he started five years ago. The NASCAR Racing Experience will apparently be similar to the Gordon school, offering passenger rides in the sport's Car of Tomorrow stock cars for $129 and an eight-minute driving experience for $429. Eleven different tracks will be utilized and that number is expected to grow. Similar ride-alongs at the Richard Petty Driving Experience range from $109-135, and its eight-lap driving experience begins at $399 at about 20 tracks. Industry insiders say the NASCAR Racing Experience will also be utilized as an asset by NASCAR's sponsorship and marketing team. As one exec said, it is "part of NASCAR's strategy to create unique assets for its partners" as a way to add value. As for the Petty camp, RPDE is working to renew its license with the sanctioning body, which expired last year. RPDE uses the license for its tagline, "authentic NASCAR entertainment." NASCAR Managing Dir of Licensed Products Blake Davidson said his office will work with both entities. Both licenses for the NASCAR and the Petty racing schools are non-exclusive.

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  • Nationwide Series Faces Tough Economic Times, Uncertain Future

    Less Than Half Of Nationwide
    Series' Garage Fully Funded
    Tough economic times have forced NASCAR Nationwide Series teams to "cut back on the luxuries that not long ago had them challenging the Sprint Cup garage for glitz," according to's David Newton, who wrote under the header, "Nationwide Series At A Crossroads." Less than "half the garage is fully funded, and some argue fewer than half the teams show up expecting to actually compete." The picture is "not pretty, with manufacturers pulling financial support and full sponsors seemingly impossible to secure." Many "expect things to worsen next season when NASCAR introduces the Nationwide version of the Car of Tomorrow, likely in restrictor-plate races and on road courses." Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) VP & GM Ty Norris, whose team runs a Nationwide team on a part-time basis, said, "I want to believe the series is going to be healthy. It's got a pretty bad flu right now, but I believe it can recover." NASCAR Chair & CEO Brian France "doesn't believe the doom and gloom is nearly as bad as it appears." France: "Sponsorship could be better, of course, but it is OK." Kevin Harvick Inc. co-Owner DeLana Harvick: "Honestly, this has been a good gut check for a lot of people in this sport. Sometimes things can get out of control as with anything. We're just trying to race more efficiently now." Newton noted that means "making cuts, from the numbers of employees to new uniforms." Norris "estimates it takes an average about $15[M] -- minus driver salary -- to run a cup organization with three cars, compared" to $6-7M to run a "typical Nationwide deal." However, many stand-alone teams "operate on a much lower budget" because sponsors are withdrawing support. Driver Jason Keller "expects more Nationwide sponsors to move to Cup." Keller said sponsors have "got to get their moneymakers taken care of, and their moneymakers are on the Cup side." Keller: "It used to be they had an overabundance of sponsors. An organization like Roush was, 'OK, we'll put Carl Edwards in the Nationwide Series and let you run for a championship.' Those deals are coming harder and harder to come by." Joe Gibbs Racing President J.D. Gibbs said the Nationwide Series is "never going to be a place to make money. It's going to be a place to get your next mechanic or crew chief" (, 7/8).

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  • League Notes

    Lobo (l) Says NBA Owners Will Look To
    Cut WNBA Before NBA Players' Salaries
    In Pennsylvania, Keith Groller noted the WNBA has "never gained traction with the ticket-buying public" and "may be on life support." Without financial backing from the NBA, the league "would fold faster than one of the hospitality tents at Saucon Valley." ESPN WNBA analyst Rebecca Lobo said, "If NBA owners are having financial difficulties, what's the first thing they're going to look to shed? Even though a year of operations for a WNBA is less costly than the salaries of many of the NBA players, that's not what they're going to cut. They're going to look to cut the WNBA. It would be a huge blow to lose it." Lobo added, "I just hope there's patience. It's really important" (Allentown MORNING CALL, 7/8). Sports business commentator Jon Weinbach said, "For many of the owners who own WNBA franchises who also own NBA teams, the WNBA side is never going to be their first priority." However, he added he was unsure if "closing the WNBA is going to help the NBA in the long-term." Weinbach: "The real key is to maintain expectations and … be aggressive on the marketing side" ("Outside The Lines," ESPN, 7/8).

    CASE SOLVED? In Vancouver, Tony Gallagher notes the NHL is conducting an investigation into comments Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson made before the start of free agency, but "no matter how clear-cut the evidence seems to be in Wilson's radio comments, it's hard to believe much of significance will come of it." The league "clearly does not want to put a large-market team like Toronto further behind than it already is" by stripping them of a draft pick. Most NHL investigations are, "at best, simply a way of the league saying they are putting a potentially disquieting or uncomfortable situation on the back burner with the intention of ignoring it" (Vancouver PROVINCE, 7/9).

    FALL OUT OF FAVOR: IRL VP/PR John Griffin yesterday said that the organization is "making every effort" to bring an IndyCar Series race back to Watkins Glen next season. Griffin: "We have no intentions of pulling our event out of Watkins Glen. I cannot be any clearer than that. Nobody can be happier with what we witnessed at the Glen over the weekend. Our drivers love this event. It's an incredible asset to our schedule." The IRL this month is expected to release its '10 schedule, and Watkins Glen President Michael Printup said that the race "would be better served" keeping its spot on Fourth of July weekend, "or on some other mid-summer date, rather than be run in late September," as has been rumored (Elmira STAR-GAZETTE, 7/9).

    DOUBLE UP: The European and Asian golf tours have "formed a new joint venture company in a bid to strengthen their bond." EurAsia Golf, which will include reps from both tours on the BOD, will "act as a point of contact for tournament promoters for all co-sanctioned events" (REUTERS, 7/9).

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