SBD/Issue 221/Leagues & Governing Bodies

League Notes

Batch Not Optimistic NFL Will Be Able To 
Avoid A Lockout in '11
Steelers QB and player rep Charlie Batch said he believes there is a 100% chance of an NFL lockout in '11. Batch: "I'm not optimistic. And I don't think a lot of people should be." Batch added, "Nobody wants to get to that point, and you hope a deal can be struck before then, but no serious talks have begun. So how can you be optimistic and say it's going to get done? ... Everybody is trying to get to the point where we don't get to the worst possible situation. I think that's why everybody is trying to bring everything to the forefront right now" (AP, 8/5).

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).

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