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SBD/March 3, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Published March 3, 2014
NOT SO FREE AGENCY: In Boston, Scott Lauber noted the free agent compensation system "has been a hot topic" in MLB recently. Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli said, "There were a few times when [agent Brian Grieper] said something to me like, ‘I think this (team) is interested, but they’re shying away because they don’t want to give away a pick.' It would be nice if the system changed. ... It’s tough because it’s kind of holding you back. You get (to free agency) and it should be all the teams that want you" (BOSTON HERALD, 3/2).
EARNING IT THE EARNHARDT WAY: In L.A., Jim Peltz wrote NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s win at the Daytona 500 "was felt at NASCAR tracks around the country." Auto Club Speedway President Gillian Zucker, whose track hosts the March 23 Sprint Cup race, said the track "saw huge renewal energy" after the Daytona 500. Zucker: "People feel very passionate about Junior." Zucker without disclosing specifics said, "I expect attendance (at Fontana) to be significantly more than it was last year" (L.A. TIMES, 3/2).