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DOES IT APPLY? Aiello said the league is "simply going forward on the terms the union approved" in March '06. But a union source said that the supplemental revenue-sharing plan -- which was added to the NFL CBA for the first time in '06 -- applies to every year of the agreement, which expires in March '11. The league’s contention that the revenue sharing does not apply to the '10 uncapped season “is not what the CBA says,” the source said. The NFLPA found out about the league’s plan after the union sent a letter inquiring as to whether the league planned to continue the supplemental revenue-sharing plan in the '10 season, a union source said, adding there has been dialogue between both sides over the issue for the last several weeks. "They have not articulated why they plan to do this over our disapproval," said the source. Ending supplemental revenue sharing is “a material change” to the CBA, which must be approved by the union, the source added. The union source requested anonymity because this person was not authorized to speak publicly on the issue (Mullen).
High-Revenue Clubs, Like Cowboys, Reportedly
Leading Charge To End Revenue Sharing
OUT IN THE COLD: In Minneapolis, Judd Zulgad notes the Vikings have been a "major recipient" of supplemental revenue sharing because they "generate among the lowest stadium revenue in the NFL" by playing in the Metrodome (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 12/7). In St. Paul, Sean Jensen notes it is believed that the end of the program "would cost the Vikings between [$15-20M] a season, further heightening the team's effort to generate support for a new stadium" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 12/7).
Will Woods Scandal Damage
PGA Tour's Wholesome Image?
SCANDAL COULD TARNISH RECORD CHASE: In K.C., Jason Whitlock wrote the media coverage of Woods "will forever change the way the sports world is covered," and it also will have a "dramatic, negative impact on Tiger's pursuit of Jack Nicklaus' record for career major championships." Woods is going to face "severe harassment as he pursues Nicklaus' record of 18 major championships ... for allegedly cheating on his blonde-haired, blue-eyed wife." Woods' pursuit is "going to resemble" Hank Aaron's pursuit of Babe Ruth's home run record. His galleries "will be peppered with angry detractors who believe Tiger's infidelity makes him unworthy of holding golf's most prestigious record." There also will be a "contentious racial division as Tiger chases Nicklaus" (K.C. STAR, 12/6).
Attendance At Challenge About
The Same Even Without Tiger
RETURN COULD BE LUCRATIVE: CNBC.com's Darren Rovell wrote while it is "not exactly known" at which tournament Woods will return to competition in '10, the "best guess is probably" the San Diego Open. Woods' potential return at the event "might help the tournament formerly known as the Buick Invitational land the title sponsor it has been looking for since General Motors' restructuring plans earlier this year resulted in it ditching its title sponsorships of golf tournaments." While tourney Exec Dir Tom Wilson "can't guarantee anything" to potential sponsors about Woods' return, "hinting at this being the tournament where Tiger makes his comeback could help him close the deal." It is "likely that this tournament will get the most media exposure a non-major has ever received." Joyce Julius & Associates VP/Research & Development Eric Wright said that a title sponsor would get $15-20M in "equivalent advertising from this year's event alone, thanks to at least 500 million impressions in North America from internet, print and radio coverage" (CNBC.com, 12/4). SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL's Jon Show writes if Woods were to return at the February 11-14 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am or February 18-21 Accenture Match Play Championship, it "might draw negative attention to AT&T and Accenture -- two of Woods' sponsors -- or could be viewed as a safe haven for his return." GMR Marketing Senior VP Ed Kiernan: "Given his existing association with the brands, I see his return at one of those tournaments as a natural" (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 12/7 issue).
Stern Says Women Playing In NBA Is
"Well Within The Range Of Probability"
AGREE TO DISAGREE: In DC, Tom Knott notes Stern's comments parallel his "forward-thinking approach to the game." However, while the commissioner's "political antenna always has been acute," this "potential offering is beyond the reality of the women's game." Women's basketball "lags considerably behind the men's game," and fans "do not have to watch more than a few minutes of a WNBA game to gauge the pronounced differences in size, speed, quickness and jumping ability." Knott: "If a woman is to play in the NBA within the next 10 years, it would have to be an extraordinary woman. It would have to be a woman we have not yet seen" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 12/7). The LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: "There is being politically correct, and then there is, well, being just plain silly. NBA commissioner David Stern should know the difference" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 12/5).
BEING TOO OPTIMISTIC: Cavaliers F LeBron James said in response to Stern's comments, "Ten years? That's, like, right around the corner. (In) 10 years, I'll be 34. I'll still be in the NBA. I think 10 years is pushing it, honestly." Cavaliers G Anthony Parker, the brother of WNBA Sparks F Candace Parker, said, "No way. My sister is a good player and has great skill, but as far as making an NBA roster? No" (ESPNCHICAGO.com, 12/5).