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Published August 21, 2014
FEELING A DRAFT: CBSSPORTS.com's Chris Peters noted the NHL is "changing the lottery format used to determine the top 14 picks" in the NHL Draft beginning in '15. The changes will make it 5% "less likely that the team that finishes in last place in the NHL will earn the first-overall pick." The rules will "change even further" in '16. But the fact that this is "occurring ahead of one of the most exciting drafts of the last decade is bound to make some GMs of lower-level NHL clubs more than a little perturbed" (CBSSPORTS.com, 8/20).
IT'S BO TIME? In South Carolina, Lou Bezjak wrote moving the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway back to Labor Day weekend "not only would restore the tradition of the race weekend date but also would put Darlington in more of a spotlight in NASCAR’s schedule." The race would be the "25th on the schedule and the one before the Chase field is determined the following week in Richmond." It also would be "run on Sunday night in primetime on a holiday weekend" (Florence MORNING NEWS, 8/20).
FRESH FACES: SPORTSNET's Todd Lewis wrote instead of "relying on the names of the past to promote as the current stars of IndyCar, it’s time the series looked at others to fill those roles." Any "future growth in IndyCar racing will be tied to the success of its stars." Drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and Will Power "should be two of the faces of IndyCar." Hunter-Reay is American and won the Indianapolis 500 this year and he is a "former series champion." Those are "all positives that should be exploited." Power often "seems indifferent during interviews; he’s going to have to get over that if the series is to benefit from his success" (SPORTSNET.ca, 8/18).