SBD/Issue 177/Leagues & Governing Bodies

League Notes

In London, Neil Harman reports a tennis World Cup "could become a permanent fixture in the calendar within five years if the impetus behind the plans continues with the force it has generated" at the French Open. James Hird, whose Australia-based sports marketing company Gemba "conceived the idea," has had "meetings in Paris with representatives of the ATP World Tour" and the Int'l Tennis Federation. It is "understood that Juan Margets, the Spaniard who is favoured to replace Francesco Ricci Bitti as ITF president in 2012, spoke one-to-one with Hird and gave his plans a fair hearing." The "same is true" of ATP World Tour Exec Chair & President Adam Helfant. It is "understood that the World Cup has enough backers, in terms of television and sponsorship money, to launch as soon as it receives the green light from the administrators" (LONDON TIMES, 5/26).

RELATIONSHIP BUILDING: In Hamilton, Emma Reilly reports Mayor Fred Eisenberger "flew to New York City for a private 'relationship-building meeting' with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman late last year." Eisenberger said that the meeting was "intended to soothe any tension left over from" RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie's "failed bid to relocate the Phoenix Coyotes to Hamilton and to talk about 'future opportunities.'" The meeting was held two months after Phoenix bankruptcy Judge Redfield Baum "rejected the Balsillie bid, bringing an end" to Hamilton's latest chance at an NHL team (Hamilton SPECTATOR, 5/26).

IN A BAD SPOT: The NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST's Andrew Brandt wrote amid the ongoing StarCaps situation, the NFL is in the "embarrassing situation of having players with documented use of banned substances continuing to play without consequence." A collectively-bargained policy with "consequences that cannot be delayed and prolonged now becomes a higher priority among many priorities on the bargaining agenda for the league and the union to resolve" (NATIONALFOOTBALLPOST.com, 5/25).

SWING & A MISS: GOLF.com's Alan Shipnuck listed former LPGA Commissioner Carolyn Bivens on his list of people who are not hot this week. This is the week when the LPGA Corning Classic "was always played," but the event is not being held this year due to lack of sponsorship and the "dark week on the LPGA schedule is testament to the former commissioner's enduring legacy" (GOLF.com, 5/25).

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