Leagues and Governing Bodies

USGA to take player input on U.S. Open sites

Closing Bell / Monday, June 21, 2021
Outgoing USGA CEO Mike Davis and Senior Managing Dir of Championships John Bodenhamer  on the heels of a well-received U.S. Open addressed speculation about when the event will return to Torrey Pines. Davis said of bringing the event to municipal golf courses, “It doesn't have to...

Saints' Alvin Kamara advising NASCAR on how to grow fanbase

Daily / Monday, June 21, 2021
Saints RB Alvin Kamara now is "advising NASCAR on how to add more fans as its first 'Growth and Engagement Advisor,'" according to Teresa Walker of the AP. Kamara in his new role will "connect with fans and share his own fan experience digitally and on social media,"...

Sources: Some unwritten MLB rules could be gone with new substance decree

Daily / Monday, June 21, 2021
Baseball's rule against the use of foreign substances has been "buried for decades underneath a gentlemen's agreement held among managers, who almost uniformly refused to ask umpires to check opposing pitchers because they knew that their own pitchers would not be checked," but now "at least three...

Closing Shot: Bo Knows

Weekly / Monday, June 21, 2021
When the Kansas City Royals signed Bo Jackson 35 years ago, the first indication that he was a little different — other than his sculpted physique — was the sound emanating from the batting cage. Before that week, Buck O’Neil, the then-75-year-old former Negro Leagues star, had witnessed only...

Details emerge for new MLS minor league planned for ’22

Weekly / Monday, June 21, 2021
In 2022, MLS will launch a new lower division professional soccer league that will start as early as late March and initially consist of approximately 20 MLS-affiliated teams and possibly other independently owned clubs, according to one senior official.   ...

One for the league, one for the Crew

Weekly / Monday, June 21, 2021
When the Columbus Crew opened the first soccer-specific venue in Major League Soccer in 1999, now called Historic Crew Stadium, columnists across the country wrote that it was “one of the most important events in U.S. soccer history,” and that if other teams “follow suit, it could...

FIFA sanctions Mexico for homophobic chants

Weekend Rap / Sunday, June 20, 2021
FIFA "punished Mexico for the use of homophobic slurs by its fans on multiple occasions this year," ordering the federation to "stage two official home matches without spectators." That means Mexico will "not have the usual thunderous support" at the 87,000-seat Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. FIFA "did not...

Sources: MLB sets schedule for substance checks

Weekend Rap / Sunday, June 20, 2021
MLB umpires starting tomorrow "will check pitchers for foreign substances after they've pitched -- with the exception of the closer, who will be inspected before entering the game," according to sources. Pitchers "will be inspected between innings and/or after they come out of the game unless they're exhibiting suspicious...