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Several GMs Say Instant Replay Never Open
To Discussion, Too Soon To Modify System
MIXED OPINIONS: MLB.com's Hal Bodley wrote, "Just the thought of umpires racing off the field to have a replay checked for something other than home runs angers me. Let's leave the human element of umpiring just where it is." MLB umpires "had a tough postseason, confessing after watching replays that they missed some calls that could have determined the outcome of the games in question," but MLB issues "go in cycles." Bodley: "I do not think that's reason to push the panic button and expand video replay" (MLB.com, 11/10). But YAHOO SPORTS' Kevin Kaduk wrote the technology "could easily be there to provide a safety net for the human element on the field." Replay "came through without much lost time" on a home run by Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez in World Series Game Three, and Kaduk wrote, "Why not let it come through in other spots that are just as crucial? Why must this be so difficult?" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 11/10). SportsNet N.Y.'s Adam Schein: "You would think after what happened in the playoffs, this would be the first thing on the agenda" ("Loud Mouths," SportsNet N.Y., 11/10).
GOING GREEN: CBSSPORTS.com's Ray Ratto writes, "When replay makes lots of money, you'll have replay. Until then, you won't. Simple as that." Selig is "flexible and even aggressive when you can show him how he and his employers make more money off a change in procedure, but is otherwise a profound traditionalist" (CBSSPORTS.com, 11/11).
MLBPA Monitoring Comments It Believes
Are Meant To Put Crimp On Free-Agent Market
DEFINE MID-MARKET: In St. Louis, Joe Strauss notes MLB player agent Scott Boras yesterday "sneered at the premise" when asked about a "mid-market franchise's capacity to remain competitive after retaining a franchise player with a payroll-rattling long-term deal." Boras: "I don't know what a mid-market franchise is. That's like a midsize aircraft carrier. They all have the potential to have an economic bomb. If you're drawing 3.3 million fans and you're averaging $50 a fan coming in, I just don't know that mid-market term. I'm trying to think if that's part of the laissez-faire system. I don't know" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 11/11).
Selig Discusses Issues Currently Facing
MLB In "Studio 42" Interview
BOSS TALK: Despite numerous missed calls by umpires during the MLB Playoffs this year, Selig said he is "very proud of the umpires" and he wants to be "very protective of them." Meanwhile, he noted in the next CBA, the sport "needs a worldwide Draft" and a "slotting system for our players." Selig: "There's no question we're going to do that. ... When they went to the Draft in 1965, the objective was for competitive balance, and we have more competitive balance than ever before but the Draft has become a problem on that score." Selig said MLB wanted a salary floor when negotiating the current CBA, but the MLBPA was "against it." Selig: "I'll be able to get more into the economics as time goes on. I have a lot of ideas." Selig also said former MLBPA Exec Dir Marvin Miller "belongs in the Hall of Fame." Selig: "If the criteria is that the impact that you've had on the sport, whatever one wants to value that impact, yes Marvin Miller should be in the Hall of Fame ... and I stand probably alone on my side" ("Studio 42," MLB Network, 11/10).
Vick Allowed To Keep
$20M In Bonuses
ABSENCE FELT: ESPN’s John Buccigross wrote there will be "major repercussions" from not having former NHLPA Exec Dir Paul Kelly and his staff with the organization. Buccigross: "On the business side, many current and potential corporate sponsors and licensees must be questioning the value of the NHLPA brand and whether this is the kind of organization they want to be associated with. ... On the overall CBA negotiations, I think it hurts the players because it has left them so divided and without a leader." Buccigross added, "The best thing the players could ever do would be to bring Kelly back" (ESPN.com, 11/10).
RUSSIAN WINTER: The GLOBE & MAIL's Eric Duhatschek reports IIHF President Rene Fasel "believes there is a 'better than 90[%] chance' the NHL will participate" in the '14 Sochi Olympics. Fasel: "Speaking with the players, I know they want to go." Fasel noted NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is "not so much in favour to go to" the Sochi Games. Fasel: "I think this is wrong. He should be the man that says, 'We want to go because this is good for our sport.' I think this is a must for the game" (GLOBE & MAIL, 11/11).
FA CUTS: In London, Paul Kelso reports England's Football Association (FA) is "facing budget cuts of up to 10[%] in an attempt to insulate the organisation from the collapse of Setanta, which has left a shortfall of up to" US$83.3M. The cuts, which could save more than US$16.7M annually, are "intended to drag spending back in line with contracted revenue and allow the organisation to live within its means in the medium term" (London TELEGRAPH, 11/11).