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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The News of the Week

Today, just a few newsy bits that I find interesting:

The good news just keeps coming for the LPGA. Shoprite is back as a tournament sponsor after three years away. I know this has to have been in the works for a while, but coming as it does on the heels of Michelle Wie's victory, I can't help but wonder if her victory (as well as the good showing by the other Americans) didn't end any last-minute doubts Shoprite may have had. At any rate, it's good to have another tourney on the 2010 schedule. My only question is why they chose to schedule it opposite the U.S. Open...

The R&A has made a slight reversal to their Open rules; they've decided to allow any past winner who gets a Top Ten a five-year exemption. This unexpected change can be chalked up to three letters: T-O-M. Watson's finish in this year's Open has perhaps caused the powers-that-be to recognize that good golf has no real age limit. This new rule allows them to give a truly deserving player a few more shots at history without really changing the age limits. It also gives them Greg Norman for three more years. Thumb's-up to the R&A for finding a way to keep some legends in the tournament.

Finally, Doug Barron has asked to be allowed to go to Q-School while the courts sort out the whole doping scandal... and the judge seems to be having trouble coming to a decision. I've been reading all kinds of opinions on the web, and it amazes me that no one has commented on what I believe is the real issue at stake here.

Regardless of your opinion about Doug Barron and the drugs, the fact remains that Barron was on them under a doctor's supervision. Here's what the court will ultimately decide: Does a sports organization have the right to overrule an athlete's personal doctor? This decision could have some serious repercussions beyond sports; remember, many employers routinely test their workers for drugs. This is the sort of precedent that could engender all sorts of abuse. I think this is going to be a real hot potato for the courts.

Of course, these are just my opinions... but it's my blog, so I guess they matter!

What do the rest of you think?

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