SBD/Issue 88/Leagues & Governing Bodies

League Notes's Jon Wertheim wrote the impetus behind top players participating in the Hit for Haiti fundraiser Sunday at the Australian Open was simply that, "Something horrible happened on the other side of the world, we recognize that and we want to use our platform to help." There are "no Haitian players" on the ATP World Tour or Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, and there is "no event in Haiti, no Haitian sponsor, no ulterior motive." It was "just a great day for the sport, a great showing from the top players starting with" Roger Federer, who organized the event. It was a "great indication of what can [happen] when tennis cuts through the in-fighting and everyone works for a greater cause" (, 1/18). Meanwhile, THE HOCKEY NEWS' Ken Campbell wrote, "Any display of charity when it comes to the Haitian relief effort is commendable, but is there anyone else out there who thinks the NHL's contribution of just $100,000 is a joke?" The NHL is "donating no more than" 76ers C Samuel Dalembert, which is "embarrassing" (, 1/18).

Roddick Does Not Feel Forming Union For ATP
World Tour Players Would Be Right Move Now
TIMING IS EVERYTHING: Tennis player Andy Roddick said forming a union for ATP World Tour players "would have been the right move ... five years ago," but he does not feel the "time is right to do that." Roddick said that to "force a players' union through now would undermine" ATP World Tour Exec Chair & President Adam Helfant. Roddick: "We've thought about it a lot. We've definitely talked about it." Roddick added the players have not acted on the idea "to be fair to" Helfant, who he believes has "good intentions" (, 1/20).

STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION:'s Rob Neyer wrote there are "three obvious ways to improve" MLB umpires, and their new five-year deal with the league "would seem to address two of them." One way is to "have the best umpires on the field during the most important games," and another way is to "increase the use of video replay." The third way is to "drop some of the dead weight, and there's still no obvious mechanism for doing that" (, 1/19).

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