SBD/Issue 46/Leagues & Governing Bodies

League Notes

CBS' Charley Casserly reported NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is "in the process of forming an injury safety committee," something he has been "working on for the last few months." Casserly: "Some of the people he's considering for the committee: John Madden, Willie Lanier, Ronnie Lott, Derrick Brooks, Anthony Munoz and perhaps a game official. ... This committee would make recommendations to him and the Competition Committee. Some of the areas that he's going to have them talk about, for example: How do we get better consistency with the game officials calling the rules? What's the best way to educate players on applying the rules as they play?" Casserly added, "The most interesting concept he talked about was … about widening the field and widening the hash marks, opening up the middle of the field. Does that make the game safer?" ("The NFL Today," CBS, 11/14).

 

BE CAREFUL WITH PLAYOFF EXPANSION: SI.com's Tom Verducci noted MLB GMs at their meetings this week are "expected to discuss the issue of adding two playoff teams" prior to MLB Commissioner Bud Selig presenting the issue "to his 14-man committee for on-field matters" during the winter meetings next month. Managers and GMs who "like expanding the playoffs are pushing Selig for two wild-card teams to play a best-of-three series instead of a one-game elimination," which Verducci wrote is "such a horrible idea that baseball would be better off keeping the current system." A play-in series is a "terrible idea because it makes the division winners sit around too long -- as many as five or six days -- while second- and possibly third-place teams have the stage to themselves." Verducci: "It's bad for ratings, too; baseball needs more ultimate playoff games but not more playoff games that may or may not decide a series" (SI.com, 11/12).

EVERYBODY IS WELCOME: In N.Y., Dave Caldwell reported Las Vegas resident Michael Myers "made what he thought was NASCAR history by arranging a ticket discount for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender fans" to yesterday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix Int'l Raceway. Myers, who in '09 started a racing website "for gay NASCAR fans" called Queers4Gears.com, is "trying to get the word out to gay NASCAR fans that they are not alone." About 50-100 people were "expected to take advantage of the discount, which ranged from $7 to $18 a ticket." NASCAR Dir of Business Communications Andrew Giangola: "NASCAR is a sport open to everyone, and we market it very broadly, as opposed to specific demographic segments" (N.Y. TIMES, 11/14).

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