SBD/Issue 35/Leagues & Governing Bodies

League Notes

NBA Will Forward Donaghy's Allegations
To Investigator "For A Complete Review"
In N.Y., Howard Beck reports the NBA Thursday said it would forward former referee Tim Donaghy's latest allegations to investigator Lawrence Pedowitz "for a complete review." The NBA in a statement noted that the FBI and federal prosecutors "had investigated Donaghy's claims and found no other criminal conduct." Although Pedowitz issued his report on the findings "nearly 13 months ago, the NBA indicated at the time that his work would continue and that any new information would be investigated." In an unpublished book, Donaghy "accuses his former colleagues of manipulating games and allowing friendships and grudges to dictate calls." The latest accusations "come via the sports blog Deadspin, which on Wednesday posted excerpts" from Donaghy's book (N.Y. TIMES, 10/30). Dallas Morning News columnist Tim Cowlishaw said, "I don't think there's anything he can say about other refs that are going to be more surprising or more damaging to the league than what he's already been convicted of doing" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 10/29).

PUT ON PROBATION: In Charlotte, Jim Utter reported NASCAR Sprint Cup driver A.J. Allmendinger “will compete in Sunday’s Amp Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway” despite being arrested early Thursday morning for DWI. Richard Petty Motorsports in an internal e-mail said that Allmendinger’s “status with the team had not changed.” NASCAR Thursday “penalized -- but did not suspend -- Allmendinger, placing him on probation until Dec. 31.” Allmendinger in a statement said, “I went out to dinner and I had a couple of drinks. I honestly felt fine, but I obviously should have erred more on the side of caution, particularly given what I do for a living” (THATSRACIN.com, 10/29).

MAKING A COMEBACK: USA TODAY's Douglas Robson writes, "After one year of implementation, there are signs the WTA's restructuring to reduce athlete wear and tear and delivering a more consistent stable of stars to tournaments is doing what it intended. Overall player withdrawals are down by a third in 2009 from 2008, and the most sought-after names are meeting tournament commitments 90% of the time, up from 78% last year." ESPN's Pam Shriver said that it is "probably premature to call the changes resoundingly successful." Shriver: "But those numbers are encouraging in the first year" (USA TODAY, 10/30).

ON THE FIRST TEE: In Palm Springs, Larry Bohannan offers ideas for what new LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan's priorities should be when he assumes the role in January. Bohannan suggests Whan should "make up with the sponsors, tournament officials ... be realistically positive about the product," and "market, market, market" (Palm Springs DESERT SUN, 10/30).

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