SBD/September 19, 2017/Leagues and Governing Bodies

League Notes

In DC, Rick Maese reports attorneys representing hundreds of former NFLers are "concerned that their clients’ claims aren’t being granted in a timely manner and settlement money isn’t reaching the players who need it most" nine months after the settlement with the former players. The lawyers "contend their clients’ claims are being unnecessarily denied or audited." Tampa-based attorney Steve Yerrid, whose firm reps more than 300 players, filed a brief in court last week asking to “present evidence showing that no (or very few) claims have been paid to any former player.” He said that "none has had a claim granted thus far, even though some filed their claims six months ago" (WASHINGTON POST, 9/19).

GENIUS MOVE
: ESPN.com's Ryan Rodenberg noted the PGA Tour has "entered into an agreement with London-based Genius Sports to monitor wagering information worldwide for any irregular activity," part of the Tour's "new integrity program set to launch Jan. 1, 2018." Such moves are "widely seen as helping sports governing bodies be better positioned for potential widespread legalization of sports gambling domestically." Genius Sports and MLB "entered into a line monitoring agreement two years ago" (ESPN.com, 9/18).

DECISIONS, DECISIONS: In Boston, Gary Washburn reported the NBPA is "seeking another member of the executive committee with the retirement of James Jones," who joined the Suns’ front office as VP/Basketball Operations. The NBPA committee could "elect another member" at its meeting at All-Star Weekend in L.A. or "decide not to replace Jones" (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/17).
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