SBD/February 4, 2011/Leagues and Governing Bodies

League Notes

The Boston Globe’s Kevin Paul Dupont reported NHLPA Exec Dir Donald Fehr "is going into small group meetings with agents in smaller regions and rather than having the big love fest up in Toronto where he brings all the agents up there and everyone kind of sits around and hits each other with icy dagger stares, he’s moving around." The agents "have been very impressed," though Fehr has "asked them all not to say too much." Dupont: "He is doing, at least by the agents’ impression, a good job of listening to what they think is important and what the players think is important." Versus' Dave Maloney: "You’ve got to give him credit for just kind of coming in quietly and getting an assessment of what his market is" ("NHL Overtime," Versus, 2/2).

Smith thinks NASCAR still needs to place
greater emphasis on winning
:'s Mark Aumann noted when it "comes to reviving a sport that has seen significant declines in overall attendance and television ratings," SMI Chair & CEO Bruton Smith "isn't shy about voicing his displeasure with the way drivers are paid to perform." Smith believes that NASCAR officials by changing the Sprint Cup Series points system are "going about it the wrong way." He suggested, "Let's look at these purses. Let's take half of the point fund money, take 75 percent of that, I don't care, but put it on the purse so there's a big difference between first and second place. As a race fan, I'm going to get very interested if there's a $400,000 difference between first and second. You know there's going to be a fight to the finish on that one. These race fans deserve that" (, 2/2).

DROPPED CALL: Security personnel at last week's Farmers Insurance Open believe that the PGA Tour's "new acceptance of cell phones on the course will require more fan education if it's going to work." Security officials spent much of last week's tournament "telling spectators to turn off and pocket the devices." Asked whether the Tour's new policy is working, one San Diego police officer said, "No." Mobile phones are "allowed for use only in designated areas, but fans along the ropes at Torrey had their cells out in force, snapping pictures of players as they walked by" (, 2/2).
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