THE ATHLETIC's Paul Tenorio noted MLS Commissioner Don Garber just a few years ago was "considering retirement," and now he is "negotiating a deal that will keep him in place as commissioner for the foreseeable future." MLS is still "in the midst of a huge growth period and the owners want him to remain in place to continue that work" (THEATHLETIC.com, 12/6).
HERE FOR THE LONG HAUL? In Boston, Dan Shaughnessy writes, "Good luck with the 'Roger Goodell Must Go' campaign." The NFL commissioner "gleefully takes all the bullets for the buffoonery of his administration, but nothing matters." Goodell was "not threatened by Deflategate and won’t be dented by the mishandling of the Kareem Hunt case." Shaughnessy: "This is the NFL. Only TV ratings matter" (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/7).
PUT A LID ON IT: The CFL said that a cap on non-player football operations costs "will be implemented" for the '19 season. The cap is set at just less than $2.59M for '19 and '20, and "will be reviewed after that." Coaches and other football operations staff, including GMs, scouts and equipment and video staff, "fall under the cap." The league said that cap violations can "result in a team fine, a personal fine and/or the loss of draft picks" (CP, 12/6).