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Published October 19, 2010
In N.Y., Alan Schwarz reports the NFL and NFLPA yesterday announced that they “would expand qualifications for the 88 Plan, which since 2007 has assisted former players with medical expenses related to dementia, to include amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.” Boston Univ. researchers in August found that “some deceased athletes who had been found to have ALS in fact had a different disease that … caused similar degeneration of the central nervous system.” The NFL and NFLPA said in a statement that players with ALS, similar to those with dementia, do not “need to demonstrate that the condition was caused by their participation in the NFL” (N.Y. TIMES, 10/19).
REINFORCING A BAD TREND? In N.Y., William Rhoden wrote “today’s NFL cheerleaders are little more than props that reinforce objectified sex roles,” as the professional cheerleader “has become feminized and eroticized.” Team owners “should consider jettisoning the eye-candy culture of cheerleaders” because it is “silly as much as it’s sexist.” Giants President & CEO John Mara, whose team does not have cheerleaders, said, “Philosophically we have always had issues with sending scantily clad women out on the field to entertain our fans. It’s just not part of our philosophy.” Mara added, “Each team has got to make its own decision on that. Some teams are comfortable with not only having cheerleaders but selling cheerleader swimsuit calendars or in a couple cases lingerie calendars. It’s not something you’re going to see the Giants do. Not while I’m around, anyway” (N.Y. TIMES, 10/17).
SHOW ME THE MONEY: In Boston, Kevin Paul Dupont noted when Donald Fehr “gets around to running the Players Association -- formal ratification by the players is expected on or around Nov. 1 -- one of the loudest laments he’ll hear from the players will be their ongoing objection to the CBA’s escrow holdings.” The players last season had 18% of their gross earnings “pulled out of their pay as a contingency, pending final computation of the NHL’s total Hockey Related Revenues.” When final HRR figures were “handed over days ago, the players were handed back” 8.59%. That means “each player surrendered” 9.41% of their ’09-10 pay (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/17).
BRINGING SPECTATORS BACK: In Las Vegas, Steve Carp wrote actor/singer Justin Timberlake “has no magic button to push to bring the spectators out” to the PGA Tour Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, but it is “not stopping him from trying.” Timberlake: “It’s really a challenge; I’m not going to lie to you. It’s not the easiest thing to put together, particularly with the time I have to devote to the tournament.” Timberlake is “contractually bound to the Shriners” through ’12, and he is “not counting down the days until the deal expires.” Timberlake: “As of now, I don’t have a time limit. I want to grow the tournament. That’s what my mindset is. There is no timetable” (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 10/17).