NFL Appeals Judge's Peterson Decision NBPA's Roberts Questions Media Availability Major League Lacrosse Eyes Houston Expansion Big Papi Slams New Batter's Box Rule Bettman Hits On Range Of Topics MLB Briefing Teams On Pace-Of-Play Rules MLS, Union Still At Impasse On CBA League Notes Is Logano NASCAR's Latest Fresh, Young Star? Manfred Open To Shortening MLB Season
Upcoming Conferences and Events
SBD/June 3, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Published June 3, 2013
MLB LOSING CHARACTER? In Detroit, Jerry Green wrote the allure of MLB interleague games "has gone kaput -- vanished.” What MLB Commissioner Bud Selig “designed as a baseball novelty in 1997 has turned into a drag.” While MLB has "prospered during Bud Selig's regime," it has “forfeited much of its dignity and integrity.” While producing "millions, maybe billions, more in revenue, it has cheapened itself as a game -- as a pastime.” Selig “counterattacks all criticism with the response that Major League Baseball is thriving.” Green: “True, due to soaring television revenue. The players are working for millions in wages. The owners are delighted” (DETROIT NEWS, 6/1).
ODD MAN RUSH: In Boston, Kevin Paul Dupont noted the NHL will not stage its annual awards ceremony in Las Vegas, due “mainly to the lockout and the resultant jammed June schedule (playoffs/draft)." The league instead will “split the ceremony into two parts, the first on the day before Game 2 of the Cup Final, and the second as a lead-in show on the evening of Game 2” (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/2).