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SBD/January 28, 2011/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Published January 28, 2011
IRISH EYES ARE SMILING? In Ireland, Susan Falvella Garraty reported the Steelers might be "Ireland bound for a ... 2011-2012 regular season game." Some "groundwork has already been laid for a regular season game" at the Gaelic Athletic Association's Croke Park stadium in Dublin, which "has a seating capacity in excess of 80,000." A spokesperson for Ireland Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport Mary Hanafin indicated that discussions "have already been held at the official level on the potential of a NFL regular season game being played in Ireland in the fall" (IRISH ECHO, 1/26). Steelers Chair Emeritus Dan Rooney is currently serving as the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland.
HEADING TO THE TEE BOX: GOLFWEEK's Matt Nelson reported the "mammoth PGA Merchandise Show will expand to Beijing on March 18-20 and Guangzhou on Oct. 20-22." Officials said that the PGA Merchandise Shows in China "will have a 'business to business' focus ... offering golf-playing equipment, apparel, golf business products and services, and golf accessories, as well as golf course construction, design and maintenance products, services and equipment." Education "will also be a component" (GOLFWEEK.com, 1/27)....Golfers David Duval, Jim Furyk and Matt Kuchar "have been voted to the PGA Tour Players Advisory Council for 2011" (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 1/27).
MISSING THE POINT: In Las Vegas, Jeff Wolf writes NASCAR's new points system "might be more simple, but only a simpleton would think it will make racing more exciting." NASCAR "continues to incorrectly put too much emphasis on the championship and its last 10 races it calls a playoff." Wolf: "No matter how much [NASCAR Chair & CEO Brian] France wants NASCAR to be like the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball, it never will be" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 1/28).