SBD/Issue 34/Leagues & Governing Bodies

League Notes

USA TODAY's Brennan Feels Selig Is Wrong
To Welcome McGwire Back Into League
USA TODAY's Christine Brennan writes MLB Commissioner Bud Selig "blew his lines" by welcoming former MLBer Mark McGwire back as the Cardinals hitting coach. Selig "shouldn't have welcomed McGwire with open arms," and instead should have "sent a message throughout baseball ... that McGwire's stunning lack of cooperation in the nation's struggle to address the scourge of steroids would face serious consequences." Brennan: "To steal an overused line, Selig should tell McGwire that it's time to finally start talking about the past" (USA TODAY, 10/29).

OVER THE HILL: The attorney for Vikings DTs Kevin and Pat Williams said that the two have "not been asked to testify at a hearing before Congress next week" regarding the NFL's StarCaps dispute, correcting a comment from earlier yesterday when he said that "his clients would appear." U.S. House Committee on Government Reform spokesperson Karen Ligthfoot said, "We do not expect them to be invited." NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA Exec Dir DeMaurice Smith will testify before the committee (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 10/29).

GOLDEN GOAL: YAHOO SPORTS' Martin Rogers writes the "stories and subplots offered up" by this year's MLS Playoffs, which begin tonight, "deserve more than just a passing interest." Previous incarnations "have been underwhelming," but things are "setting up for an intriguing November, offering proof that MLS is on the right track in its attempt to combine a product that appeals to a domestic market without compromising soccer's long-held traditions." The "resurgence of the Los Angeles Galaxy, helped by a revitalized David Beckham, adds some genuine star power to the playoffs" (, 10/29).

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