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Calls For Expanded Use Of Replay Growing
As League Championship Series Begin
LOOKING THROUGH THE LENS: ESPN's Jim Rome said of Selig, "The next postseason game that you play in under four hours will probably be the first. ... There's no clock in baseball. Nobody cares if the slowest game ever takes another five or seven minutes. But we all care about some ump butchering a call which costs somebody a game. Join the rest of us here in the 21st century, Bud" ("Jim Rome Is Burning," ESPN, 10/14). FANHOUSE.com's Jay Mariotti wrote, "It's not healthy for the sport's future when playoff drama is haunted by perpetual anxiety over the next umpiring blunder. If baseball wants high credibility, not the current crudibility, Selig and his men will act swiftly for a change and recognize their crisis at hand" (FANHOUSE.com, 10/13).
International Clubs Soon Might Have
Trouble Playing Against NBA Teams
Richard Petty One Of Five Inaugural
Inductees Into NASCAR HOF
RIGHT TIME? In Charlotte, Scott Fowler wrote Bill France Jr. "made some great contributions to the sport, steering it expertly through a period of explosive growth, and there's no doubt he should be in the Hall of Fame." Fowler: "At some point. Like in Class No.2, in 2011." Fowler wrote the first class "should have contained four drivers, not three" (CHARLOTTEOBSERVER.com, 10/14). In Daytona Beach, Ken Willis notes the Baseball HOF's first class included all players, and it was "Year 3 before they inducted Albert Spalding, the man regarded as the inventor of the game." Inducting Bill France Jr. "sure seems like a nod toward the front office" and a "bit of posthumous sucking up." Willis: "Oh what the hell, they own the building, after all" (Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL, 10/15).
The NFL yesterday at the league's fall owners meeting “postponed a possible vote on a proposal to change the sport’s anti-tampering rules.” The owners tabled the vote until at least next spring, “meaning that no new rules will be in effect for the next round of free agency.” The proposal would allow for a “two-day window before the opening of the free agent market each year in which players eligible for free agency could negotiate with all teams” (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 10/14).
THROWING THE RED FLAG: In St. Paul, Brian Murphy reports the NFL yesterday "asked the full panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a lower court's ruling" regarding Vikings DTs Kevin and Pat Williams. The NFL, "one month after losing its initial appeal," argued that the decision allowing the Williamses to avoid league suspension "conflicts with the collective bargaining agreement and U.S. labor laws." A hearing on the matter is scheduled later this month (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 10/15).
TIME TO TUNE IN: IRL driver Dario Franchitti said of the biggest issue facing the IndyCar series as it begins its offseason is the carriage dispute between DirecTV and Versus. Franchitti: "They have to sort that out. Versus did a great job and they have to sort out the DirecTV thing. They need to get their heads together and figures this out or they need to do something else because we need to get the ability to get back to a lot of households" (SI.com, 10/14).