CBA: CBA Commissioner Steve Patterson has "made it
known" that his league "would be shifting its focus,"
according to Michael Arace of the HARTFORD COURANT. Arace:
"The CBA wants bad students who can fill it up" (HARTFORD
COURANT, 9/14). NBA Kings GM Jerry Reynolds: "It sounds
like the CBA is getting pretty desperate. The league is
struggling as it is, and to go get guys out of high school
and pay them a lot more money than they've been paying
regular players doesn't make sense" (STAR-TELEGRAM, 9/13).
MLS: With "pathetic attendance figures" in Denver,
K.C., Dallas, and "lately" L.A., "it all adds up to dark
storm clouds on the horizon" for MLS, according to Grahame
Jones on ESPN SportsZone. But Jones points to the well-
attended World Cup qualifying game in Portland earlier this
month and writes, "Something dramatic needs to be done. A
statement needs to be made. A three-way agreement between
MLS, the city of Portland and Nike would be such a
statement. ... Soccer should concentrate its efforts in
areas where it is strongest instead of trying to blanket the
country. Portland could be a model" (SportsZone, 9/14).