SBD/Issue 87/Leagues & Governing Bodies

League Notes

In Providence, Bill Reynolds writes, “These are not the best of times for the NBA, not when the last week has been about lawyers, guns and money, as much as it’s been about slam dunks.” Suspended Wizards G Gilbert Arenas is “all over the news for bringing four handguns” to Verizon Center following a gambling dispute with teammate G Javaris Crittenton, and it is the “latest example of conspicuous consumption in the NBA.” Reynolds: “The last thing the NBA needs is another image problem” (PROVIDENCE JOURNAL, 1/19).

GETTING CLOSE TO A DEAL? In DC, Steven Goff wrote, “I’m getting positive vibes about the negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement between MLS and the players’ union.” The current deal expires at the end of the month, and a “work stoppage in preseason, which for many teams is scheduled to begin in two weeks, wouldn’t be catastrophic.” However, “any delay to the start of the league schedule in late March would be a public relations setback for the league and sport in this country” (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 1/17).

Players Laud Whan For Setting Up Sponsor
Event While Solheim Cup Members Were In DC
MIX & MINGLE: LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan and several golfers had a chance to “mingle with sponsors” last Tuesday at an event to honor the Solheim Cup team at the University Club in DC. LPGA player Nicole Castrale said, “I believe Mike Whan orchestrated that. Then there was a question-and-answer period of 30 or 40 minutes with the team. It was a great experience. (Whan) had the whole audience, the sponsors, the players laughing. It was really a great move by the LPGA.” She added of Whan, “He is fantastic. He grabs the attention in the room when he speaks, you listen and you want to listen” (Palm Springs DESERT SUN, 1/17).

SUING FOR DAMAGES: Former Renault F1 Managing Dir Flavio Briatore said that he is “suing Formula One’s governing body, the FIA, for the loss of income to his driver management business incurred after he was given a lifetime ban from the sport.” Briatore: “We lost [Fernando] Alonso, we lost [Heikki] Kovalainen, we lost several drivers. We will sue the FIA for the money we lost” (London TELEGRAPH, 1/18).

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