SBD/Issue 156/Leagues & Governing Bodies

League Notes

NBA Commissioner David Stern noted the league has "given the players a load of information" regarding the current CBA talks. Stern: "Maybe we'll argue about what the numbers mean, but we won't argue about what the numbers are. We want to make sure that this is the largest delivery of financial information in the history of any collective bargaining. ... We don't have a sustainable business model, and this is the place where you correct it: collective bargaining" ("Jim Rome Is Burning," ESPN, 4/26).

FEHR FACTOR? In Boston, Kevin Paul Dupont reported former MLBPA Exec Dir Donald Fehr "sent out an e-mail last week apprising the rank-and-file" of the NHLPA executive board meetings, and he is "likely to be named top dog, pending player approval," at the meetings July 13-14. Fehr was "first approached by Eric Lindros to advise the union" during former NHLPA Exec Dir Paul Kelly's tenure, and "by all appearances" he will take over the job. The NHLPA Exec Committee will meet in June and July as it "creeps closer to fixing its constitution and selecting a new executive director," and an "improved constitution will make it possible for the executive director to do his job and not be the victim of a player-driven cabal" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/25).

IndyCar Will Reward Top Drivers On Two Types
Of Tracks With Trophies, Bonuses At End Of Season

STREET SENSE: In Indianapolis, Curt Cavin reports Izod IndyCar Series officials yesterday confirmed that the "top performers on the two types of tracks -- ovals and road/street circuits -- will be honored" at the end of the season. Drivers "scoring the most points in each category, regardless of where they finish in the overall standings, will receive a trophy named for a former champion and a cash bonus." IndyCar "will continue to crown an overall series champion, but having special designations could help drivers sell a partial schedule to sponsors" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 4/27).

SMALL PIECE OF THE PIE: SI.com's Jon Wertheim noted Wimbledon last week announced that it "would increase prize money for the 2010 Championships," but "compared to other sporting properties, the athletes still get a paltry percent of the business." Men's and women's singles champions will receive about $1.53M this year, but "judging by the proceeds returned" to the Lawn Tennis Association, Wimbledon "likely posts gross revenues in the neighborhood" of around US$153M. Wertheim: "Consider the NFL owners and players are fighting over whether 60 percent of revenues in salaries is a fair ratio." The tennis players are "still getting a raw deal at the majors." But as the Grand Slams "fatten the purses, you could argue that it has the effect of undermining the strength and gravitas of the tours" (SI.com, 4/26).

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