SBD/Issue 175/Leagues & Governing Bodies

League Notes

Ted Leonsis on Friday said that the NHL "is in better financial shape than the NBA," which the Capitals owner said that he realized "after reviewing the NBA's financials in preparation for his purchase of the Wizards." Leonsis contends the NHL "has a CBA in place that protects owners from taking stupid pills." He added, "There is a hard (salary) cap in the NHL. In the NBA, you can spend a lot of money, and every dollar you're over this luxury tax, you get fined. And there's a lot of basketball teams who are losing a lot of money, and it's the problem with sports" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 5/21).

DOWN A FEW STROKES: Golfer Jason Day won this weekend's PGA Tour HP Byron Nelson Classic by two strokes over Brian Gay, Jeff Overton and Blake Adams, and GOLF.com's Alan Shipnuck wrote the tournament has "become B-list at best" since Byron Nelson's death in '06. SI's Gary Van Sickle contends the tournament's "woes are directly tied to the Players and Wachovia moving to May, thus turning the succeeding weeks into the new Dead Zone." Author Art Stricklin: "PGA Tour tournaments truly go in cycles. Just eight years ago, there was no event at Quail Hollow, and the Byron Nelson was a powerhouse, attracting the top five players in the world at the time. Now Quail Hollow is a powerhouse, and the Byron Nelson is at low ebb" (GOLF.com, 5/23).

NICE SERVICE GAME: The AP's Steven Wine reported the nonprofit Global Tennis Legacy Foundation "was launched Saturday on the eve of the French Open with plans to operate by next year in at least 10 countries." The goal of the organization is to "provide advice to young players in such areas as training, contracts, finances and medical care." Former Grand Slam champions Juan Carlos Ferrero, Albert Costa and Hana Mandlikova are involved in the project. The GLTF was "started by Chris Vermeeren, a Dutch marketing consultant who worked for Nike for 17 years," and it "will work with youngsters aspiring to become pros, and also those hoping to land a college scholarship" (AP, 5/22).

LOOKING INTO THE CRYSTAL BALL: SI.com's Peter King believes the Anthony Galea scandal will "touch a lot of people, and a lot of teams, in the NFL before it's all over." King: "The next PED crisis in the NFL is HGH, and we'd all be naive to think scores of players in the NFL aren't using HGH, knowing there's no reliable way to test for it" (SI.com, 5/24).

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