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SBD/Issue 87/Leagues & Governing Bodies
Published January 19, 2010
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
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).