League Notes: AFL Umpires To Travel To N.Y. To Meet With NBA, NHL, NFL Officials
Australian Football League umpires "will meet some of the top whistle blowers in American sport on an end-of-season trip to New York." Twenty-nine of the league’s 32 umpires plus coaches "will spend a week visiting officials from the NBA, NHL and NFL in November." AFL National Umpiring Dir Wayne Campbell said the umpires will pay for the "personal development" trip themselves (HERALD SUN, 8/26). ... Welsh Rugby Players' Association President Rhys Williams "welcomed the news that the Welsh Rugby Union and its four regions are set to sign a new deal." Williams "hopes Welsh rugby can now move on." Williams said, "It's unfortunate we were ever put in this position ... but really it was high time that it had been agreed. It shouldn't have been left until the last minute before the start of the season" (BBC, 8/26).