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Delaware Gov. Markell Surprised,
Disappointed By Monday's Ruling
APPEAL UNDECIDED, BUT COULD BE TOUGH: The state has not yet decided on an appeal, but one law expert indicated that "getting an appeal would be hard because the court was not split on the decision" (WASHINGTONTIMES.com, 8/24). Widener Univ. law professor Lawrence Hamermesh indicated that Delaware can "appeal to the full Third Circuit Court or to the Supreme Court," but either approach "would likely fail because the panel's ruling was unanimous." Hamermesh: "If I were in the state's position, I would be looking around for another way to raise revenue" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 8/25). Lawyers claim that the ruling was "unusual because appellate courts tend to give deference to lower courts." Lawyers added that yesterday's ruling is the "first interpretation of a court of how broad or narrow the exemptions to the federal sports protection law are" (Wilmington NEWS JOURNAL, 8/25). Widener Univ. law professor Michael Goldberg: "It's fairly unusual for an appeals court to do this. A ruling like this often ends the case" (USA TODAY, 8/25).
Dover Downs, Harrington Raceway & Casino
Each Spending $5M Constructing Sports Books
Hurley Hopes To Bring His Internet,
Technological Experience To F1
SETTING THE SCHEDULE: The BBC's Sarah Holt reported Suzuka, Japan, will host the '10 F1 Japanese Grand Prix "after reaching an agreement" with F1 Management Chair Bernie Ecclestone. Meanwhile, a separate deal ensured that the European Grand Prix will take place in Valencia, Spain, "for the next five years" after the Valencian government stepped in to fund the race at a "reduced cost with organisers Valmor Sports." Valmor Sports also "requested that the race be moved from August to a date in October." Meanwhile, Holt noted Canada is "likely to rejoin the F1 calendar in 2010, which is expected to be published in October" (BBC.co.uk, 8/23).
Writer Says Wie Could Be LPGA's
Cross-Cultural American Superstar
SOMETHING TO BUILD ON: The AP's Nancy Armour wrote the Solheim Cup was the "perfect advertisement for women's golf," and the next question is, "could it also be the remedy for the LPGA Tour, which has seemed more like a bad soap opera in recent months?" Golfer Juli Inkster: "We've got some great golf. If people would write about the golf and not about all the other stuff, we would be great." Armour noted it will be "another two years before the LPGA will have this kind of lovefest again," and the challenge for the golfers will be to "maintain the enthusiasm of the Solheim Cup when they're opponents instead of teammates" (AP, 8/24). GolfChannel.com Editor Jay Coffin, on whether the LPGA can capitalize on the Solheim Cup momentum, "You hope so, but this is the fifth one of these that I've been to and we've talked about this five times and it's never seemed to happen." Coffin: "But if you're the LPGA and there's ever a year that they need to build on the success of the Solheim Cup, this is the year. They need that to happen" ("Golf Central," Golf Channel, 8/24). In Nashville, Joe Biddle writes under the header, "LPGA Could Learn Lesson From Solheim Cup." The tour is "at a crossroads" following the resignation of Commissioner Carolyn Bivens, as tournament sponsors are "dropping," and tournaments are "canceling because of lack of sponsors." The Solheim Cup was "everything the LPGA is not." The LPGA is "rudderless," and it "better identify a commissioner who can find ways to take advantage of the emotions the Solheim Cup brought to the surface." Biddle: "The product is there. Without a dominant American golfer, it's a hard sell" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 8/25).
Boxx Calls WPS' Inaugural Season
A Great Success On The Field
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: SI.com's Andrea Canales wrote in WPS' inaugural season, there were "many aspects of the organization and play that were carried off fairly well, especially given the current difficult economic climate." But the "biggest positive" for the league is the "potential for improvement in key areas." The credibility of Saturday's championship game was "damaged by poor timing on the part of WPS, which bumped the final against the start of the UEFA Women's Championship." The format of the final was also "questionable, as it granted the regular-season points winner home-field advantage and a bye into the final, but left the squad idle while the opponent was decided via a playoff system" (SI.com, 8/24).