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AFL Issues Terse Statement
Announcing League's Suspension
HOPE FOR RETURN: Cleveland Gladiators Owner Jim Ferraro said the league is "not folding or filing for bankruptcy." Ferraro: "We're technically alive, but can I tell you if we'll be playing in 2010 or 2011? Clearly, I cannot." In N.Y., Richard Sandomir notes the AFL "has no central office, no commissioner and almost no employees." Former AFL Acting Commissioner Ed Policy said, "I think in some capacity, some of these owners will play arena football in two or three years." But Ferraro said that the owners "rarely agree on anything." Ferraro: "To get anything significant done, you need a 75[%] vote, and they can't get a 75[%] vote on anything. I don't think we can get a 75[%] vote to order a pizza" (N.Y. TIMES, 8/5). Garff said, "The most likely scenario is that we will see arena football in 2011. That's what we'd like to see and that's what we are pushing for." Garff added that the AFL suspending operations "isn't the league's death knell." Rather, he said it is a "requisite step to reorganize and play football in 2011." Garff: "When the time comes to relaunch the league, we just want to make sure we do it right" (Logan Jorgensen, DESERET NEWS, 8/5).
SaberCats Among Teams Committed To
Continuing Play Somewhere Next Season
AFL'S LEGACY: In Orlando, Mike Bianchi writes of the Orlando Predators, "In a weird way, the Preds were a throwback to a gentler time when sports were more affordable and fan friendly." Tickets "were cheap; times were good." And it "wasn't life or death; it was fun and games." Bianchi: "If only the AFL had stayed true to its mission, we might not be writing this obituary today. In the end, the league perished trying to become bigger than it was ever meant to be" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 8/5). In Pennsylvania, John Lohn writes, "Give credit to the AFL for lasting two decades, but its absence going forward will hardly draw a tear" (DELAWARE COUNTY TIMES, 8/5). In Sacramento, Bill Bradley writes, "While I was never a fan of the AFL, it lasted for 20 seasons, its fan base was loyal, and there were signs it would return next year. It seemed to have gone from gimmick to legitimate -- but apparently that wasn't enough to keep it alive" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 8/5).
Fisher Says Both NBA, NBPA Officials
Seem To Be Trying To Do Right Thing
SHORTENING THE COURT: ESPN.com's Chris Sheridan reported the current CBA runs through the '10-11 season, but the owners yesterday indicated that they "will not extend" the current deal into the '11-12 season. The owners by December 15, 2010, "must notify the players" about their choice for the '11-12 season, and if they do opt out, the current CBA will expire on June 30, 2011. Fisher yesterday after the meeting said that the owners contend that "too many franchises are losing too much money to continue operating under the present system." Fisher: "There are still obviously some teams that have some issues. We didn't get into specific teams and their specific issues today, but it was a big picture look at where the league has been the last four years since this collective bargaining agreement began, and then where we think the league will be next year after some of the economic data comes in." The following chart lists the players, league officials and team owners participating in the labor negotiations (ESPN.com, 8/4).NBPA EXEC
COMMITTEE MEMBERSNBA REPSNBPA Exec Dir Billy HunterSpurs Owner Peter HoltSpurs C Theo RatliffMSG Exec Chair James DolanSpurs G Roger Mason Jr.Cavaliers Owner Dan Gilbert
Thunder C Etan Thomas Lakers Exec VP/Business Operations Jeanie Buss Nets G Keyon Dooling Celtics CEO & Managing Partner Wyc Grousbeck Hawks F Maurice Evans Thunder Owner Clay Bennett Hornets G Chris Paul* Suns Owner Robert Sarver Magic C Adonal Foyle* T'Wolves Owner Glen Taylor Heat F James Jones* Hornets Owner George Shinn Lakers G Derek Fisher Trail Blazers President Larry Miller
NOTE: * = Did not attend Tuesday's meeting
Batch Not Optimistic NFL Will Be Able To
Avoid A Lockout in '11
THINKING CAP: In Utah, James Edward writes to "make MLS more exciting," team owners should "raise the salary cap." The league's current single-entity structure was "great for the stability of the league in the first 14 years, but now MLS needs to raise the level of play, which requires higher salaries." With the current CBA set to expire after this season, the "timing is perfect," and soccer fans in the U.S. will "pay more attention to their domestic league if they appreciate its quality" (DESERET NEWS, 8/5).
LOOKING ON THE BRIGHT SIDE: THE HOCKEY NEWS' Ken Campbell writes, "The sense among those in the game is the worst of the economic crisis might be behind us and the NHL has enough money tied up in sponsorship and season tickets for a long enough period that it might actually not suffer too gravely after all." One NHL GM said, "I was thinking six months ago that we were headed for really big trouble, but I'm a lot more optimistic now. Based on my knowledge of the situation, things aren't near as dire as they looked four or five months ago. I would say the projections we're getting have been pretty good on the revenue side" (THE HOCKEY NEWS, 8/3 issue).
THE RIGHT COMBINATION? In N.Y., George Willis wrote the creation of the Boxing Promoters Association (BPA) at a summit in N.Y. last month is "something that has been long overdue for a sport in need of direction," but "only time will tell whether the new association will provide the benefits its founding fathers have planned." The BPA is a "huge step in trying to save a sport that aside from the occasional mega-bout struggles to make money." Star Boxing President & CEO Joe DeGuardia "has long sought cooperation among promoters," and the summit featured reps from Don King Productions, Golden Boy Promotions, Main Events, Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, Gary Shaw Productions and Banner Promotions. Election of officers and other details for the BPA "have yet to be worked out," but DeGuardia said that he is "confident the BPA will help the sport prosper" (N.Y. POST, 8/1).