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SBD/Issue 202/Leagues & Governing Bodies
Published July 9, 2009
|Lobo (l) Says NBA Owners Will Look To
Cut WNBA Before NBA Players' Salaries
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).