League Notes: AFL Commission Votes To Retain Traditional Centre Bounce
The Australian Football League Commission voted to "retain the traditional centre bounce, despite increasing calls from umpires to have it scrapped." AFL Chair Richard Goyder and Head of Football Operations Steve Hocking said that the bounce was a "unique" and "iconic" part of the game, "speculating that fans would be happy with the decision" (London GUARDIAN, 11/20).
The Rugby Players' Association agreed to a new deal to "support Pacific Island players" in the U.K. A memorandum of understanding "means more work will be done to safeguard the welfare" of U.K.-based Pacific Island players. The Pacific Rugby Players will appoint a U.K.-based player relationship manager to work with the RPA (BBC, 11/21).
The Pakistan Cricket Board "convened an emergency meeting of the Board of Governors for Wednesday" over a "one-point agenda" -- making an amendment in its constitution to "allow an extended term" to Shakil Shaikh as president of the Islamabad Cricket Association. The PCB's "bigwigs" are reportedly "trying to resist this amendment which, if made, will allow the candidates to contest the elections for three or more tenures of any regional cricket association" (DAWN, 11/21).
FIBA, along with global partner Tissot, launched the free FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 app ahead of the tournament's qualifiers commencing on Thursday. The app is the most versatile platform to follow all of the action worldwide, and is available for Android and iOS devices. FIBA also signed a five-year agreement with Māori Television for '17-21. The broadcaster will have exclusive live rights to carry FIBA national team competitions featuring the Tall Blacks, Tall Ferns and juniors, with commentary options provided in te reo Māori and English (FIBA).