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SBD/January 3, 2011/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Published January 3, 2011
In N.Y., Gary Myers wrote if there is a repeat of the Dec. 26 blizzard in N.Y. “that made travelling around the area impossible, will the NFL postpone" the '14 Super Bowl at New Meadowlands Stadium? NFL Senior VP/Events Frank Supovitz: “Our plan is going to be play the Super Bowl on the date the Super Bowl is scheduled. We will do everything in our power to do that.” When asked if the league would consider moving the game back a day or two, Supovitz said, “In terms of operating the game, it's not a logistical nightmare. In terms of managing fans and broadcasts and hotels, those plans have to be put in place. There will have to be contingency plans for that. Snow is not unusual. Blizzards are unusual" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/2).
SAVE THE DATE: ESPN.com’s Jason Sobel noted the ’11 LPGA schedule is “yet to be released,” and he cannot “recall a time when a major professional sports league had yet to produce its schedule prior to the beginning of the calendar year.” Sobel: “Then again, using the word ‘major’ to describe the LPGA might not be the most appropriate terminology. … This is starting to have the feel of a mom-and-pop store on the corner.” What the LPGA “needs is a little creativity” (ESPN.com, 1/2).
BRINGING IN REINFORCEMENTS: FIFA President Sepp Blatter said that he “wants to set up an anti-corruption committee to police” soccer's governing body. Blatter: “I will take care of it personally, to make sure that there is no corruption at FIFA.” Blatter noted the committee would consist of seven to nine members, “not only from sport but from politics, finance, business and culture” (REUTERS, 1/2).