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Things Looking Up For LPGA Since Acting
Commissioner Marty Evans Took Reins Of Tour
BUZZ FACTOR: GOLFCHANNEL.com's Randall Mell wrote Wie's "breakthrough victory" last week was "all the buzz" yesterday at the LPGA Championship in Houston. Wie: "It's been crazy. It's a lot of fun, but my focus is on this week. I want to play even better." Golfer Morgan Pressel said, "Michelle's created a buzz with her win. You knew it was going to happen. I'm glad for her, that she doesn't have that cloud hanging over her head anymore." Golfer Brittany Lincicome: "The better she does, the more exposure we all get. We are all rooting for her. We are obviously trying to promote our tour to be the best we can be. If that's her playing well, or Paula Creamer, we are rooting for them to do well" (GOLFCHANNEL.com, 11/17). Meanwhile, author John Feinstein said of Wie, "Let’s also hope that the LPGA, with all its financial troubles, doesn't start pushing her to do too much too soon" ("Golf Central," Golf Channel, 11/17).
LIFE AFTER GOLF: Retired golfer Annika Sorenstam said of her retirement, "I'm lucky in that if I wanted to come back, I could. But I'm very content with where I am today and what I'm doing and all the businesses and family life. So today I have no plans whatsoever, but things change. ... With all this other fun stuff, there's more to life than golf. I'm glad that I've found other things in life and can enjoy a different chapter" (ESPN.com, 11/17).
RSL Could Win MLS Cup Despite Having
Losing Record During Regular Season
SUPPORT SYSTEM: In Utah, James Edwards reports RSL is "doing everything it can to increase the number of supporters" it has at Qwest Field for Sunday's championship game. The team has “worked out a deal with JetBlue to charter a flight on its RealBlue airplane to Seattle.” The cost is $325 and includes a ticket to the match, and is available “exclusively to RSL season ticket holders.” RSL supporter groups also have "arranged for two charter busses to Seattle." The cost is $120 per person and includes a ticket to the match (DESERET NEWS, 11/18).
CASE COULD BRING "DIRE CONSEQUENCES": The NFL through a spokesperson declined comment, but the league's lawyers noted in their brief, that some of the opposing briefs in the case "warn of ... dire consequences for labor relations in professional sports if a league and its member clubs were deemed a single entity." In a footnote, the NFL said, "That argument neglects the labor market for NFL players is organized around a collective bargaining relationship that is provided for and prompted by federal labor law, and that the NFL clubs, as a multi-employer bargaining unit, can act jointly in setting terms and conditions of players employment ... without risking anti-trust liability." Kessler noted that the difference the league is trying to draw between players and coaches is that players have collective bargaining and coaches do not. “But that is only true for the moment,” Kessler said, alluding to the potential of the NFLPA de-certifying. “They say the exemption can be applied in labor markets because there is collective bargaining and that makes no sense because if there is no union in the future, there would be no collective bargaining.”
Shanahan Announces His Retirement,
May Be In Line For Position With NHL
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: In Denver, Mike Klis wrote while there is a bit of a backlash to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's conduct policy, it "seems to me like it's working." Goodell said he believes players are "not only aware" of the policy, but it is "changing behavior." Klis wrote the "behavioral transformation" of Broncos WR Brandon Marshall "could be viewed as anecdotal evidence that Goodell's strengthened conduct policy has settled into the players' subconscious" (DENVER POST, 11/15).
OVERESTIMATING DEMAND: In L.A., Tom Hoffarth notes billboards in the city for the "past few months ... have trumpeted an upcoming UFL game at Home Depot Center, set for Friday." But the league decided to move the game to Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, the home field of the Las Vegas Locomotives. The UFL "at the moment ... greatly overestimated its usefulness," because if there was a "curiosity factor for the UFL in L.A., it has curiously disappeared." Hoffarth: "Go ahead and plant a franchise here next year, and we'll tell you right now -- we're not on board" (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 11/18).
NARROWING HIS FOCUS: Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo said that he is "likely to step down from his role" as Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) President "at the end of the year." Di Montezemolo said that he is "set to quit FOTA to focus on his role as Ferrari and Fiat president" (AUTOSPORT.com, 11/17).