SBD/Issue 163/Leagues & Governing Bodies

League Notes

Writer Says White Has Never
Lost Touch With UFC Fans

NFLPA Exec Dir DeMaurice Smith appeared on Kansas City's KCSP-AM where he addressed a variety of issues, including the ongoing labor negotiations. Smith was asked what the proper term was that the NFLPA was using if the league didn't play in '11 and said, "Lockout. I don't know what a work stoppage is." Smith: "We have done everything we could to address the owners' concerns about why they believe that this CBA is not a good one. They have yet to turn over any audited financial statements. They have yet to say any team is losing money." Smith said the union has "the majority share of the lifting in trying to get a deal done" and it was "clear the owners didn't want to move in that direction prior to an uncapped year" (610SPORTS.com, 5/5).

KEEPING IT REAL: YAHOO SPORTS' Dan Wetzel profiled UFC President Dana White, whose most "endearing quality is that as his personal wealth has grown, as his power and influence has soared and as the need to defend the UFC brand has become paramount, he’s never lost touch with those fans that put down their hard-earned money to watch his fighters fight." White still "feels their pain when the UFC, for whatever reason, doesn't deliver." There is not "another commissioner in sports reading through Twitter comments during a boring game and then immediately blasting the participants, let alone a star" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 5/5).

NO NEED TO POINT FINGERS: In S.F., Bruce Jenkins notes there is a "lot of consternation these days about the decline of African American talent in baseball, and it's a topic worthy of concern," but the prevailing thought that MLB is to blame "completely misses the point." Jenkins writes that the assumption that young African Americans "don't have enough role models" in the game also is "just plain wrong." Jenkins: "Baseball didn't do anything wrong; kids just got some far more attractive choices" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 5/6).

DON'T TASE ME, BRO: In N.Y., Lynn Zinser reported MLB is "not yet reconsidering game security" despite consecutive incidents earlier this week at Citizens Bank Park "involving fans who ran onto the playing field during Phillies games." MLB Senior VP/PR Pat Courtney said, "When this happens two games in a row, in the short view it seems to be a concern but over the course of the season, you see it’s an isolated thing" (NYTIMES.com, 5/5).

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