SBD/Issue 244/Leagues & Governing Bodies

League Notes's Marc Stein reported the "prospect of replacement referees calling NBA games for the first time since 1995 is looming larger by the day after the latest negotiating session between the current refs and league executives broke down" yesterday. The NBA's most recent contract with its 60-plus referees expired September 1, and a source said that yesterday's bargaining session in N.Y. was "called to an abrupt halt by commissioner David Stern." Stein noted "no further talks are scheduled between the sides" with only about three weeks remaining before the league's first scheduled exhibition game on October 1 (, 9/8).

Stern Expects To See 2-5% Revenue Drop
During '09-10 Season Due To The Economy
HOOPS HYPE: NBA Commissioner David Stern said the league told teams to expect a 2-5% drop in revenues for the '09-10 season due to the economy. Stern: "People say to us, 'Only 5% down,' but our teams are working really hard. They're being very imaginative, very aggressive." Stern said the NBA "is rushing into" the use of social sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, and "all of the sports are taking advantage of the additional means of distribution” ("America's Nightly Scoreboard," Fox Business, 9/8).

LET'S PLAY TWO: LPGA Acting Commissioner Marty Evans said that she "would love to see a second stop in Canada" in addition to the CN Canadian Women's Open, which concluded Sunday. Evans: "If we could find a sponsor who would sponsor in Canada, I would love to talk to them. We have a full-court press on right now to not only sign tournaments that were up for renewal ... but we're very interested in new opportunities and I think a second opportunity in Canada would be fabulous." Evans added that a second Canadian stop "would not be in conflict with the CN Open, nor would she expect it to be of the same magnitude" (CALGARY HERALD, 9/6). Meanwhile, in Newark, Brendan Prunty reported the LPGA Sybase Classic "will be moving" from the Upper Montclair Country Club in New Jersey "to a new and yet unnamed location for 2010" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 9/5).

NEXT STOP, MILWAUKEE? UFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue said that the league "has plans to add two teams a year for the next three years," and that Milwaukee "would be one of the cities under consideration." Huyghue: "We would have to find an ownership group, but Milwaukee would be considered." Miller Park Stadium District Exec Dir Mike Duckett said that Miller Park is "big enough for a football field" (, 9/4).

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