SBD/May 15, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies

League Notes

Fine-tuning video replay could prove to be very complicated for the NBA
USA TODAY's Sam Amick writes the truth about video replay in the NBA "is that fine-tuning will be far more complicated" than Clippers coach Doc Rivers on Tuesday "made it sound in his postgame rant in which he called for its outright abolition." There is a "quandary about the current rules that has been exposed in the playoffs, the fact that the inability of officials to retroactively call fouls while reviewing tape for a separate purpose can lead to awkward circumstances." NBA Commissioner Adam Silver "has made openness an early hallmark of his tenure, showing a willingness to listen and potentially change on all fronts that means these wrinkles will all be ironed out eventually" (USA TODAY, 5/15).

DON'T HATE THE PLAYERS: GOLF WORLD's John Feinstein writes the PGA Tour should give "serious thought" to the notion of moving The Players Championship from May back to March if TPC Sawgrass' greens cannot remain in prime condition. The move to May "has gotten the event out of the lengthy shadow" of The Masters and the NCAA men's basketball tournament, but "hasn't made it any more important on the golf calendar" (GOLF WORLD, 5/19 issue). Meanwhile, GOLF WORLD's Bill Fields writes as much as "purists have enjoyed the annual head-to-head play" in the WGC-Match Play Championship, the event "is not a modern marketer's dream." The tournament is currently without a title sponsor for '15, and its site -- Dove Mountain, outside Tuscon, Ariz., -- "known for its extreme greens and desert trouble, has never been a hit with players." Golfers Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson "stayed away" in '14, and to a sponsor "debating whether to reach into deep pockets, that is impossible to ignore regardless of what spin the tour might put on their absence" (GOLF WORLD, 5/19 issue).

HIGH TIME TO RETHINK POLICY: ESPN.com's Dan Graziano wrote the NFL treating marijuana use "as a crime is backward thinking in this day and age." It is the "medical aspect of the issue that should pique the NFL's interest." A league that "claims to be invested more than ever in the safety and long-term health of its players should be fascinated by the opportunity to embrace a pain reliever that doesn't come with liver damage." The NFL "needs to be thinking about marijuana as a possible remedy to one of its most significant problems (pain), as opposed to being a problem in and of itself" (ESPN.com, 5/13).
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