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Published January 27, 2011
COURT REPORT: In California, Vik Jolly reported a Jewish hockey player drafted by the Ducks "who was assigned to play in a minor league sued the NHL team for religious discrimination and failure to prevent harassment in a complaint filed in Orange County Superior Court on Tuesday." Jason Bailey was drafted in '05 and "signed a three-year contract with the Ducks" around '08. He was "assigned to play" with the ECHL Bakersfield Condors. The complaint alleges that Condors coach Marty Raymond "degraded Bailey's faith and frequently commented about Jews as ones who 'only care about money and who's who.'" The complaint claims that assistant coach Mark Pederson "also harassed Bailey" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 1/26).
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SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY: In Atlanta, Doug Roberson reports the MLS Columbus Crew, Houston Dynamo and New England Revolution "will participate in the Atlanta MLS Challenge at Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium on March 9, 11 and 13." The event marks the "first time MLS teams will train in Atlanta," which is the "most-populous metro area to never have a MLS team." Each team will play two exhibition games. MLS Exec VP/Communications Dan Courtemanche said that the league "will be monitoring the Challenge, but because it's a series of exhibition games, it wouldn't be a significant factor in the league's hopes for one day placing a team in the city" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 1/27).