YAHOO SPORTS' Hannah Keyser cited sources as saying that MLB is "not confident that the ball can be made completely standardized and consistent without overhauling the manufacturing process." This would mean that any "changes in the ball's so-called juiciness to date were unintentional ... and that the culprit behind the dramatic swings in drag coefficient the past few years remains a mystery to the league." Beyond that, it "implies that as long as the balls are handmade and comprised of natural materials, MLB might not ever be able to control to a sufficient degree of precision the behavior of the sport's fundamental object" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 11/18).
MAKING A CHANGE: Hockey Canada is "changing its traditional age group names, including 'midget,' a year after some other sports organizations stopping using the term." The age categories, which also "included novice, peewee, atom and bantam, would be replaced by names descriptive of the ages of the players, from under-7 to U21." The change will "impact all minor and female hockey programs under the Hockey Canada umbrella." The word "midget" is "considered a derogatory slur" (CP, 11/18).
MONEY MATTERS: CBS' Kelefa Sanneh said there is a "long history of women boxing, but recognition has come only recently." However, boxing promoter Lou DiBella said women's boxing is "never going to be as big as men's boxing, the same way the WNBA is never going to be as big as the NBA." Sanneh noted it has "been a long time since the glory days of boxing," but top male boxers still "earn millions per fight while top women make less than a tenth of that." DiBella: "There is no pay equality in sports vis-a-vis men's sports. But God, there should be pay fairness" ("CBS News Sunday Morning," 11/17).