SBD/Issue 34/Leagues & Governing Bodies

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  • Glen Taylor Plays Down Possibility NBA Teams Will Be Contracted

    Taylor Says T'Wolves Would Not
    Be A Candidate For Contraction

    T'Wolves Owner and NBA BOG Chair Glen Taylor yesterday addressed NBA Commissioner David Stern's talk of the possible contraction of teams, saying that the league is "merely considering all of its options at this point as a possible lockout looms after this season," according to Jon Krawczynski of the AP. Taylor said the league has a "serious problem in that we've got to make the league more profitable." However, he said of contraction, "I don't think that's our preference that we do that." Taylor: "What David said is we're going to talk about all the things with the union and hopefully it doesn't come to that." Taylor also indicated that the NBA is "nowhere near as close" to contracting as MLB was when the Twins were a candidate in '02. Taylor: "It was just thrown out there as one of the things on the table. But I can tell you at this point we don't have somebody lined up like baseball had that year." Taylor did say that the T'Wolves "would not be a candidate for contraction." Taylor: "Minnesota is not one of the teams that would be contracted, nor do we expect that in the future" (AP, 10/27). Taylor noted that "few teams would be interested in the idea" of contracting. Taylor: "You'd have to find an owner who would want to do it and I know, just because I'm chairman of the board, most teams would not want to do that. They feel like I do: They're involved in their community, their state and that's very, very important to them" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 10/28).

    DON'T DISRESPECT THE LOGO: The NBA has banned players from wearing headbands with the NBA logo upside down, which was popularized by Celtics G Rajon Rondo, and FanHouse.com’s Kevin Blackistone said, "What in the world is David Stern doing instituting once again some fashion rule? Get over it!" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 10/27). ESPN’s Michael Wilbon: “It's petty, it's mean, it's self-important and it's high-handed. You add all that up and it's lame to address a headband. It's stupid.” ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser: “The international symbol of distress is to fly a flag upside down. Exactly what is Rondo distressed about? … Wear the headband correctly or don't wear the headband" (“PTI,” ESPN, 10/27).

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  • League Notes

    Fall Series On A Two-Week Break As PGA
    Tour Heads To Asia For Tournaments

    ESPN.com's Bob Harig wrote after building a "mini-wave of momentum" with its Fall Series, the PGA Tour now "takes a two-week break before concluding its official money season at the Children's Miracle Network Classic at Walt Disney World, adding to the maddening nature in which the golf season mercifully comes to an end." The Tour instituted this break so that it "can take its product overseas." This week's CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia is the Tour's "foray into sanctioning a tournament in Asia." But while "trying to open new doors in an emerging growth market is behind this endeavor," it is "hard to see the tournament as anything more than a big-money perk that might get a few guys over to the region" (ESPN.com, 10/27).

    A VIEW FROM ACROSS THE POND: In London, Oliver Brown writes it is "difficult not to muster a little sympathy" for NFL players. They are "forced to tolerate a rigid salary cap unthinkable in the 'anything goes' Wayne Rooney-populated world of soccer-nomics." In addition, the average NFL career is "under four years," and football is "so acutely, repetitively violent that they are expected to die two decades younger than the typical American male." NFL team owners also now "have a recession to worry about," and that "austerity has neither trammelled their love of conspicuous largesse nor curbed their habit of rank hypocrisy" (London TELEGRAPH, 10/28).

    HEADING BACK TO SCHOOL: In Dallas, Rick Gosselin notes he attended Saturday's Michigan State-Northwestern football game, and "try as it might, the NFL has been unable to match the game-day experience of a college campus." Gosselin: "Maybe it was the free on-campus parking that was attractive to me. Maybe it was the walk across campus to the stadium -- it sure beats the acres of pavement you find in NFL stadium parking lots." College football is a "great experience without the blatant commercialism that you find at games on Sundays" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/28).

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