SBD/Issue 20/Leagues & Governing Bodies

League Notes

Stern Indicates The NBA May Seek
Shorter Contracts Under New CBA

In N.Y., Howard Beck notes "lengthy contracts and guaranteed salaries can make it tough for teams to recover from bad decisions" in the NBA, and Commissioner David Stern "wants to remedy that in the next collective bargaining agreement." Stern said he wants the owners and players' union to "come up with a system where teams are not doomed by their past mistakes for inordinate lengths of time, so the fans can have hope." Stern "declined to offer specific mechanisms but mentioned 'shorter contracts or less guaranteed money' as potential solutions." The NBPA likely "will resist both measures" (N.Y. TIMES, 10/8).

UPON FURTHER REVIEW: BROADCASTING & CABLE's Ben Grossman writes despite the first two days of the MLB postseason "producing a series of beautiful pitching performances, major sports outlets on Friday are talking about the umps." Giants C Buster Posey in a postgame interview "came out and said he was thankful there is no instant replay right now" after a close play when he stole second base during Thursday night's Braves-Giants NLDS Game One. Posey would later score the game's only run. Grossman: "If MLB really wants to recapture its role as America’s Pastime, it has to become a sport of the fans once again. ... If tomorrow Bud Selig came out and said he is putting in instant replay, making umpires more accountable and for good measure adding asterisks to the home run records of every player busted for steroids, suddenly baseball would be on the road to new popularity just like that" (BROADCASTINGCABLE.com, 10/8). ESPN's Mike Greenberg said, "Every bad call that was made in yesterday's games turned out to lead to critical moments -- game-changing, game-deciding moments. If you are Bud Selig, you've got to be thinking, 'I just don't get a break'" ("Mike & Mike in the Morning," ESPN Radio, 10/8).

CIRCLING THE GLOBE: In Palm Springs, Larry Bohannan notes the "next six weeks of LPGA play will demonstrate a reality of the LPGA today." The tour is playing in Alabama this week and Sacramento next week before playing "official events in Malaysia, South Korea, Japan and Mexico." Bohannan: "The next month and a half may also show fans what the LPGA is going to be, at least in the short-term. ... Should the LPGA go where the money is, even if American fans aren't paying attention, or don't go to Asia and struggle to find American tournaments and sponsors to fill the void" (Palm Springs DESERT SUN, 10/8).

NOTHING TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT: In DC, Steve Goff reported the MLS Players' Union said that "language in the new collective bargaining agreement, which was reached last winter, is still in the process of being finalized and won't be available for public review for several additional months." The delay "will not jeopardize the pact" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 10/6).

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