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Published January 23, 2013
IMPORTS & EXPORTS: SPORTING NEWS' Brian Straus noted MLS is “stepping in and holding up a transfer agreement between one of its teams and a foreign club.” FC Dallas MF Brek Shea “now wants to play in England.” FC Dallas not only is “willing to sell the winger’s rights, it is understood to have agreed to a transfer fee with Stoke City pending the player’s return to full fitness following foot surgery.” The fee reportedly “was around $3.2 million,” but MLS “thinks Shea is worth more” (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 1/22).
RIGHT DOWN THE LINE: The AP's David Ginsburg reported the first-down line that appears on NFL broadcasts “could one day become part of the in-game experience at all 32 NFL stadiums.” First Down Laser Systems Developer Alan Amron said that the system “projects a first-down line across the field that can be seen in the stadium and on TV.” NFL Senior VP/PR Greg Aiello said, "We have not been convinced that it would work for us, but we are open to further discussion after the season." Amron created his system with “financial backing from former NFL player and broadcaster Pat Summerall” (AP, 1/22).