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NBA Reportedly Proposing An Estimated 10%
Reduction To Overall Referee Budget
NHRA's '10 Schedule Adds A
Second Date For zMax Dragway
ADJUST YOUR CALENDAR: In Memphis, Craig Wack reports the Mid-South Nationals at Memphis Motorsports Park "will be moved from the late-September/early-October spot it's occupied for the last two seasons to" August 20-22, and the race will be the "cutoff race" for the Countdown to 1 (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 8/26).
ESPN.com's Terry Blount wrote NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup "is working." Driver Kasey Kahne currently sits 11th in the standings, and "in the old system, that wouldn't mean a thing." But his primary sponsor, Budweiser, is "benefiting because reporters are talking about him, wondering whether he will make the Chase," and the "same is true for every sponsor of a driver in Chase contention." But Blunt noted the "problem is the race to the Chase often is better than the Chase itself." The current points system "doesn't place enough emphasis on winning," as it is "possible for a driver to win the championship without winning a race all season" (ESPN.com, 8/25).
Creamer Feels New LPGA Commissioner Will
Need To Mend Relationships With Sponsors
LONDON'S CALLING: The Patriots this season will face the Buccaneers at London's Wembley Stadium, and QB Tom Brady said, "To be able to expand the game into other countries and over in England, it's gotten a lot of support over the years, over the last two seasons." Brady added David Beckham has "brought a lot of excitement to soccer in the United States so hopefully the Patriots will have the same effect over there in England" (BOSTON.com, 8/25).
PICKING UP CARPOOL: IRL Commercial Division President Terry Angstadt said that IndyCar Series officials are "nearing a deal for a series title sponsor in 2010, but the company is not Firestone." Meanwhile, IRL officials next week are "expected to confirm" that the '10 IndyCar Series will begin the season in Salvador, Brazil (AUTOWEEK.com, 8/25).