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Evans To Serve As
LPGA Acting Commissioner
CRUCIAL TIME FOR NEW LEADER: Golfer Suzann Pettersen, one of 15 players who earlier this month signed and submitted a letter calling for Bivens to resign, said, “This is probably a very crucial time for a new commissioner to step in. There’s a big job to do, so it’s got to be a pretty qualified person who steps into that position. ... This is a time when the commissioner, or whoever steps in, needs to make some adjustments for the tour for us to survive. We can’t keep going like we have been.” Pettersen added of Bivens being “unwilling to negotiate with sponsors to lower their costs” of putting on tournaments, “Maybe the biggest kind of loss has been we haven’t adjusted to what the world’s kind of facing. … Maybe we’ve been playing too tough and kind of cutting too many out instead of dropping down on the price and making everybody happy” (N.Y. TIMES, 7/13). Inkster yesterday said of the search for a permanent replacement for Bivens, "We want to take our time and find the right person to fill this job, and you can’t do that on a whim” (THEGOLFCHANNEL.com, 7/12). Golf Channel's Charlie Rymer said, "It’s a tough business environment out there. They’ve got to get moving quickly to get this taken care of so the LPGA can move forward" ("Golf Central," Golf Channel, 7/12).
Orender Seen As Potential
Candidate For LPGA Post
POLARIZING FIGURE: In N.Y., Hank Gola wrote Bivens, a “marketing person at heart, has certainly been a polarizing figure since she took over from Ty Votaw in the fall of 2005 and instituted a bold business plan called ‘Vision 2010.’” But even though it is “too late, Bivens still has her supporters -- Christina Kim thinks the Commissioner did everything ‘in the best interests of the LPGA Tour,’ while former U.S. Open champ Hollis Stacy flew in from Denver to try to talk young players into their senses.” Stacy “feels that without Bivens’ aggressive approach, LPGA players will forever be second class citizens” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 7/12). However, YAHOO SPORTS’ Brian Murphy wrote, “I’d prefer to think the players are making the right move. If the right commissioner negotiates smaller purses and keeps more golf on the schedule, they will be seen as visionaries who saved their sport” (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 7/12).
Allaster Taking Over As
WTA Tour Chair & CEO
Selig Discusses Financial State Of MLB During
Appearance On "Mike & Mike In The Morning"
George Says Family's Commitment
To Racing Remains Unchanged
OFF TO THE RACES: The GLOBE & MAIL's Jeff Pappone notes there were "empty seats in the sparse grandstands" at yesterday's Honda Indy Toronto, but organizers "stressed that 2009 is only the first in a five-year plan to rebuild the event." Organizers did not release official attendance numbers, but estimates "put the grandstand seats at about 15,000," and a "glance across the track toward the pit lane during the race showed grandstands with large blocks of empty seats." Andretti Green Racing co-Owner, President & COO Kevin Savoree, whose organization operates the race, said, "Would we like to have sold more tickets in these areas? Absolutely. But we did have a successful day. I think already we've looked at areas where we can add more seats and move seats to enhance the fan experience overall" (GLOBE & MAIL, 7/13). More Savoree: "We have a five-year plan to rebuild this car race. We'll reflect on the event, and make it bigger and better next year" (TORONTO STAR, 7/13).
CVC Capital Denies Wanting To Move
Ecclestone Into Honorary Position
MINUS TWO? In London, Edward Gorman reported FIA President Max Mosley "will not stand for election again." Ecclestone: "I have no doubt in my mind, as long as I've known Max, he's always done what he said he would do" (LONDON TIMES, 7/11). In Manchester, Paul Hayward wrote the question is not whether removing Ecclestone and Mosley "will restore F1's identity but whether F1 has an identity to restore." F1 has "treated its audience with contempt for so long that one wonders whether it can ever learn how to behave, post-Max and Bernie" (GUARDIAN.co.uk, 7/12).
ACTING QUICKLY: In London, Sylt & Reid reported Ecclestone "began preparations for a new series called GP1," as Ecclestone's company Epsilon Ltd. filed "trademark applications for logos to 'GP1 Series' and 'GP1.'" Epsilon also "bid for trademark ownership of the words 'Formula Grand Prix' and 'Formula GP.'" Sylt & Reid noted the applications, which "cover sporting events, broadcasting and clothing," were "made on June 19, the same day that the top eight F1 teams announced they would set up their own rival series" (London SUNDAY EXPRESS, 7/12).
ON THIN ICE? The GLOBE & MAIL's Eric Duhatschek wrote of the NHL's salary cap for the '10-11 season, "The early indications are that the drop may not be as dramatic as some had feared." The general thought had been that the cap would remain flat for 2009-10 and "then drop -- some estimates put it as high as 20[%] -- for next year," which would "put most teams, operating at or near the cap for the coming year, at a competitive disadvantage." However, there is a "new emerging sense that the NHL has been spared the larger effects of the slumping economy and that next year's cap -- if it shrinks at all -- won't be nearly as bad as originally thought" (GLOBE & MAIL, 7/11). However, SI.com's Allan Muir wrote, "We don't know the actual damage until late next June. ... But judging by the rumbles, things could get very ugly" (SI.com, 7/10).
LEAD BY EXAMPLE: In Cleveland, Brian Windhorst wrote of the NBA's salary cap, "The current CBA does work, and what is going on now is showing that. The salary cap is flexible depending on the league-wide revenue -- which is decreasing -- helping to protect the owners. So is another aspect of the CBA." A source indicated that the NBA "will send a $6.5[M] check to every team this month as part of the current agreement" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 7/12).