SBD/Issue 38/Leagues & Governing Bodies

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  • NFL Official Optimistic League Will Play Multiple Games In U.K.

    Sunday's 49ers-Broncos Game Marked
    Fourth Consecutive NFL Sellout At Wembley

    NFL VP/Int'l Business Chris Parsons is “optimistic the league will be playing multiple regular-season games in Britain,” according to Chris Lehourites of the AP. Parsons has “already started thinking of ways to keep the momentum going” after “more than 84,000 fans packed" Wembley Stadium for Sunday's 49ers-Broncos game. He said that the NFL “will talk to owners in January or February about a game next year,” but that the “decision could be delayed” by CBA talks. Parsons: “The CBA negotiation adds a level of complexity to that planning process, which we have to then manage around. That may require us to be a little bit patient going forward in terms of how we move that forward, but whether it's in one year or two years, we will be playing multiple games, I believe, in the U.K. market." In addition to "talk of adding a second game to the overseas schedule, possibly in Cardiff, Wales, or Edinburgh, Scotland," the NFL also has been "considering the prospect of creating a franchise based in London." But Parsons indicated that it "won't be anytime soon." Parsons: "The franchise is a nice goal and I think it's a tremendous stake in the ground and strategic vision that we can strive for, but I think we've also said there are several steps ahead of that that we'd want to make sure we get right before we made that leap." He added the league will turn its "attention to Germany probably once we kind of move to the next step in the U.K." But China and Japan “remain a bit out of reach at the moment,” as Parsons said putting a regular-season game in those markets “has not been part of our thinking.” Parsons: "If we do anything in China, which is definitely a possibility, that would certainly be more of the exhibition-type game than a regular-season game" (AP, 11/2).

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  • Majority Of NFL Players Surveyed Expect CBA Deal By Next Summer

    SPORTING NEWS correspondents recently surveyed 100 NFL players regarding a number of league issues, including the resolution of the labor dispute and the possibility of an 18-game regular season. A majority of the players surveyed -- 79 -- believe a new CBA will be agreed to before the start of the '11 season (SPORTING NEWS TODAY, 11/3).

    When will a new CBA be reached?
    Summer 2011 39
    Spring 2011 29
    Fall 2011 20
    This season 11

    Falcons S Erik Coleman sad, "The players believe if the owners are losing money, they must be mismanaging their profits from lucrative TV contracts. The players would like the owners to open their financial books. You hear about all of the financial woes. What we are asking is that they show us the financial woes."

    If compensated with more game checks, would you favor an 18-game schedule?
    No 73
    Yes 25

    Redskins CB Carlos Rogers said, "I don't think the risk of injuries is worth it. It will be much higher and the workload on players bodies, with 16 games and you add the playoffs, that's a lot of work."

    Do you agree with the NFL's hard line against flagrant hits?
    No 58
    Yes 38


    What is your level of concern about the long-term effects of concussions?
    High 54
    Moderate 32
    Low 14

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  • League Notes


    WPS yesterday said that its teams will have an "extra two weeks to pay into a reserve fund to help struggling clubs." In N.Y., Ken Belson notes the league extended the deadline after the Washington Freedom and FC Gold Pride said that they were "seeking additional investors." Following St. Louis Athletica folding in the middle of this season, "owners of the remaining teams set up a fund to keep troubled teams operating." The deadline for "contributing to that fund for the 2011 season was Monday" (N.Y. TIMES, 11/3). 

    FINANCIAL OUTLOOK: MLS Commissioner Don Garber in a Q&A with SOCCER AMERICA said, "We have a lot of teams that are performing very well financially, and there are others that aren't. But some of them that aren’t, it isn’t because they aren’t driving revenue, it might be that they have different goals and objectives." He added, "Financially, this league is healthy and while our revenues don’t rival that of the major leagues in this country, we are very stable and we’ve got some really great shining lights and we’ve got some teams that continue to be challenged. Overall, we feel pretty good about the economic condition of our league and the sport in this country" (, 11/2).

    Unintended Consequences: In Toronto, Damien Cox writes the NHL's "post-lockout world has delivered a salary-cap environment that hockey fans may have believed they wanted but are now finding out isn’t a panacea for, well, anything." Lower-revenue teams are "paying more in player costs than before the 2004-05 lockout, and with no better results." The cap has "created a league in which clubs are basically married to the team with which they depart training camp, at least until" the trade deadline in March. Meanwhile, trades "used to be what made the NHL fun and different, but now they are rare and when they do happen, are usually of decidedly moderate impact" (TORONTO STAR, 11/3).

    KEEP DRIVING FORWARD: In Charlotte, Jim Utter writes if NASCAR is still considering making tweaks to the Chase for the Sprint Cup, it "needs to take a good long look at how this season's 10-race playoff format has developed." It is "impossible to expect every championship battle to come to a dramatic, down-to-the-wire conclusion regardless of the system in place." But this season "shows, with teams of equal caliber, it's certainly possible." Utter: "Do everyone a favor and leave the system as is" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 11/1).

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