SBD/Issue 232/Leagues & Governing Bodies

League Notes

Johnson (r), McIlroy Could Be
Golf's Next Marketable Stars

In Orlando, George Diaz wonders if the "young guns" in golf like Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Martin Kaymer "have enough juice to bump" Tiger Woods off the charts, "both in popularity and the money list." It will be "fun to watch the convergence of these guys gaining confidence and maturing, coupled with the continued trials and tribulations of Tiger, and whether he will ever find his way back." Diaz: "My guess is that he will, and that the 'young guns' will be left somewhere on a wayward bunker, looking lost and confused" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 8/17).

BLAME GAME: In Buffalo, Lisa Wilson wrote with LW Ilya Kovalchuk still unsigned by any team, "some blame must be shifted to the NHL for its lackadaisical approach toward front-loaded contracts before they finally took a stance with him." If the league "did its job, he would have known the rules and avoided this mess." The "primary flaw with the ruling was that it ignored precedent" as "several contracts structured in similar fashion sailed through the approval process." Wilson: "Imagine how many headaches and legal fees would have been avoided if the NHL approached its approval process with the same vigor it showed during the lockout" (BUFFALO NEWS, 8/16).  

WHAT'S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT?: In Newark, Steve Politi noted MLS Red Bulls F Thierry Henry "doesn't understand the negativity toward the sport" of soccer in this country. Henry: "I don't know why you guys have such a complex about your football. You guys have new stadiums. You have good players here. You have big crowds at games. Obviously, we want it to grow -- that's why we're all here. But you should be happy about it." Henry added, "People were telling me so many times, 'Don't expect much.' And it's not true." Politi wrote, "No one should point to one week or even one summer as a turning point for soccer in this country, but maybe 2010 can be something else. Maybe this is the year when everybody stops looking for one. Maybe this is when we accept that the sport is doing fine here" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 8/15).

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