SBD/Issue 84/Leagues & Governing Bodies

League Notes

In DC, Michael Wilbon writes the notion that the NFL is "better off not having" the Rooney Rule is "moronic." The Redskins and Seahawks have been called out for possibly not adhering to the spirit of the Rooney Rule with recent hires, and Wilbon writes, "If there is circumvention ... the NFL needs to punish the people who circumvent. The NFL is a play-by-the-rules organization. Players who wear their socks improperly get fined. If that's important enough for the NFL to punish, certainly ignoring a league rule designed to ensure fair hiring is important enough to punish" (WASHINGTON POST, 1/14).

PARITY PARTY:'s Pierre LeBrun wrote four-and-a-half seasons into the NHL's CBA it is clear the "post-lockout NHL promised parity and delivered on that." However, the "flip side of that talent base being forcefully spread around 30 teams is that keeping a good team together has never been harder." Red Wings GM Ken Holland said, "Ultimately, a cap league is a cap league no matter what sport. And if you look at the NFL, Pittsburgh won the Super Bowl last year and missed the playoffs this season. It's hard to stay good for a long period of time. It's designed for parity; it's designed for competitive balance" (, 1/13).

Whan Looking To Add Events
To LPGA's '10 Schedule
LOOKING AHEAD: New LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan said of his domestic and int'l goals for the tour, "Our brand had already gone global before I got here. I didn't come here to stunt any international growth. This will always be a U.S.-based tour that will showcase women's golf around the world." SI's Farrell Evans noted the LPGA "had 34 events in 2008, 27 in 2009" and has just 24 scheduled for 2010. Whan said, "I certainly want to put our players out more than 24 times. We'll add a couple of events to the existing 2010 schedule." Meanwhile, Whan said the LPGA needs "many partners," and there are "several brands that understand our value and the place we have in women's sports" (, 1/13).

PLAYER SUPPORT: In London, Neil Harman reports top ATP World Tour players "have given their overwhelming backing to the proposed World Cup." Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Ivan Ljubicic are "as one that responsibility has to be taken to sustain the relevance of tennis to an increasingly discriminating, entertainment-conscious public." The move is "in stark contrast to the leaders of the sport." The Int'l Tennis Federation, which runs the Davis Cup, yesterday admitted that it "had seen the World Cup proposal and said that it has some 'interesting elements and timely branding given the current fascination with the 2010 FIFA World Cup.'" The ITF added, "It also has many challenges that must be faced if it is to succeed" (LONDON TIMES, 1/14).

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