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Volume 10 No. 22

Leagues and Governing Bodies

Bolzano, Italy wants to become the 12th team of Austria's top division hockey league, Erste Bank Eishockey Liga, two months before of the start of the new season, according to HOCKEY FANS. Originally, the 11 EBEL clubs "were supposed to receive a preliminary schedule for the '13-14 season." However, Italian Serie A side HC Bolzano "has told the league that it wants to leave and join the Austrian EBEL." The club "has reportedly already asked the Italian Hockey Federation (FISG) for approval to leave and join the EBEL" (HOCKEY FANS, 6/24).

NO LICENSE: SPORT1 reported German second division basketball club Dusseldorf Baskets "will not be playing in the Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) next season, despite getting promoted." The BBL licensing committee "denied the club its BBL license on April 17 and now the BBL's court of arbitration has upheld this decision." The one remaining BBL spot will now most likely be awarded through a wild card process. Clubs that are "interested in playing in the BBL have to submit their application to the league by June 27" (SPORT1, 6/21).

The National Rugby League "will look at tweaking the terms of its salary cap, but only once the 2013 season is over," according to the AAP. The league "has been criticised recently for halting the burgeoning careers of Penrith fullback Matt Moylan and Sydney Roosters forward Kane Evans due to second-tier salary cap restrictions." The NRL released a statement on Monday confirming that "the club salary cap committee had met last week and agreed that an 'extensive review' was required." But the league's COO Jim Doyle said that it is "unfeasible to expect the game's laws to be changed halfway through a season." Doyle said, "You can't simply change the rules mid-season but we do intend to give (salary cap auditor) Ian Schubert greater support by establishing a panel of appropriately qualified people to assist him in determining any applications under the current system" (AAP, 6/24). In Sydney, Glenn Jackson reported depending on who you talk to, the new panel will either give Schubert "more support, or dilute his powers -- or both." What is clear is that Schubert's sole discretionary powers over matters of the cap "will be taken away by the formation of a panel of experts, which will include the current auditor" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 6/25).

BOOZE BAN: Also in Sydney, Adrian Proszenko reported new New South Wales Rugby League CEO David Trodden "has ruled out introducing a booze ban to curb the spate of alcohol-fuelled incidents affecting Origin, saying a blanket ban would create more problems than it solves." While the adverse headlines they have generated "prompted some pundits to call for an end to bonding sessions," Trodden said that abolition is not the answer. Trodden said, "I'm a believer in everything in moderation. The world has moved on from the days of the old bonding sessions that used to go on. It's difficult to legislate for every single instance. If you try to do that, you legislate yourself out of existence" (SMH, 6/25).

Australian Football League clubs "are set to be banned from monitoring players via GPS devices through their pre-season break, as part of a bid to improve work-life balance," according to Jon Pierik of THE AGE. Clubs have used GPS devices to ensure players have maintained their off-season running programs, "even when some have been overseas." The ban will also extend to other work-life areas, including clubs influencing players to attend so-called optional training sessions when, as one player said, "there was nothing optional about them at all." While one club CEO suggested that there was a proposal to fine clubs if they break the rules, it is understood "this will not be the case." Discussions "are continuing over how many weeks' holiday players will have once their season is over." They have a mandated eight weeks, "but this is likely to be extended." As part of this, "players want a clear break, possibly of up to six weeks, without contact from clubs, depending on their circumstances" (THE AGE, 6/25).

Delhi Police Special Cell "has examined more cricketers" in the Indian Premier League spot-fixing scandal, including a left-armed bowler who plays from Uttar Pradesh, and is part of an IPL team from South India. Delhi Police officials said that a "few more players were examined as their names cropped up during interrogation of bookies and arrested players and they attended parties with them" (TIMES OF INDIA, 6/24). ... The Board of Control for Cricket in India announced that each player received a cash prize of Rs 1 crore ($168,000) for winning the ICC Champions Trophy. Each member of the support staff received Rs 30 lakh ($50,000) (PTI, 6/24).