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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Ramble On... no, Rumble On.

Peace on Earth and Goodwill Towards Men.

Don't you wish you had thought of that line?

Well, if you're a law-maker in Seoul, Korea, you might have a different viewpoint and a very different motto.

How about? If I don;t get my way, get ready to RUMMMBLLLLLLLLLLE.

Check this out:

Seems that the gloves dropped after a heated debate about proposed media laws for South Korea. Here's the WSJ take on the story:

SEOUL -- The National Assembly passed three bills to modernize South Korea's media industry, including allowing companies to own both broadcast and print properties. The voting, which took place Wednesday amid fistfights and shouting matches among lawmakers, capped months of acrimony over the measures.

The bills -- which must be signed by President Lee Myung-bak to become law -- set the stage for the government to privatize its media properties, which include three of the nation's four broadcast television networks, the Yonhap news agency and 24-hour cable news channel. The government hasn't announced sale plans.
NEWS ITEM #2: What would Della Wear? "Sports Leagues Sue Delaware"

Just to be sure you saw this one... and please be sure that you realize that this story ran the same weekend that the WNBA was playing its All-Star Game at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino - which has a race book, not a sports book AND the USA Basketball Senior National team, composed of ALL NBA players, was training at the sports gambling capital of the world in Las Vegas and staying at The Wynn which was taking action on all sports, including the WNBA, NBA and international hoops. Also, be sure to note the last graph about Montana, too.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The four major pro sports leagues and the NCAA sued Delaware Friday, seeking to block the state from implementing sports betting.

Delaware's sports betting plan "would irreparably harm professional and amateur sports by fostering suspicion and skepticism that individual plays and final scores of games may have been influenced by factors other than honest athletic competition," the leagues and NCAA said in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Delaware.

Congress banned sports betting in 1992 while grandfathering four states -- Delaware, Nevada, Montana and Oregon -- that had already offered it. But the lawsuit argues that Delaware's plan to allow single-game betting would violate the legislation because Delaware has never offered single-game betting before.

Under the '92 law, the leagues and NCAA said, a state like Delaware may only reintroduce the kind of sports betting that it had offered between 1976 and 1990.

They also argued that Delaware's plan is illegal because it allows betting on all sports, going beyond the professional football betting program that constituted the state's brief failed experiment in 1976.

The suit was filed by Major League Baseball, the NFL, the NBA, the NHL and the NCAA. The NFL has led the effort against Delaware's plans, consistent with its long-held opposition to gambling on its games.

A spokesman for Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, Joe Rogalsky, said in a statement that the sports betting plan "will help pay for our core government services like our teachers and police and will also create new jobs in our state."

He said that the state invited the NFL to sit down and share their concerns.

"They decided instead to sue," Rogalsky said.

NFL Vice President Joe Browne said that the league is sensitive to economic issues in Delaware and other states. He said that the NFL wrote to Markell on April 7, telling him the league would be willing to discuss ways to help close the state's budget gap -- "short of using our games as betting vehicles."

According to Browne, Markell responded five weeks later "that he was signing legislation that day which, in effect, uses our games as betting vehicles."

In his statement, Rogalsky also noted that the state asked for an advisory opinion from the Delaware Supreme Court.

In May, that court ruled that the state law allowing sports betting didn't conflict with the state constitution, but the justices also said, "we cannot opine on the constitutionality of single game bets."

State officials hope to have the sports betting in place for this year's NFL regular season in September.

Two of the other grandfathered states have faced resistance on the issue as well.

In 2005, the Oregon Legislature voted to get rid of its state-sponsored sports betting game, in which gamblers place wagers on NFL games, after the NCAA, because of its antigambling stance, had refused to hold basketball tournament games in the state.

Meanwhile in Montana, state and University of Montana officials are working to prove to the NCAA that the state's legalized betting on fantasy sports leagues doesn't violate the NCAA's stance against wagering on the outcome of sporting events. The NCAA has said the University of Montana should not have been allowed to host football playoff games last season because the state allows a form of sports gambling. In a recent letter to the NCAA, the state's attorney general, Steve Bullock, said that Montana's gambling laws prohibit wagering on the outcome of athletic events.

NEWS ITEM #3: Safe Bet?

Speaking of gambling, USA Basketball is on the ground in Las Vegas with their USA mini-camp and the WNBA is making the Mohegan Sun the capital of the Women's basketball world at the casino hotel resort in the CT woods, so you wonder what the opposition is in Delaware, eh?

The next thing you know, they'll be laying odds on who makes the USA team or playing a Connecticut state lottery on the WNBA All-Stars? See this question to Coach K after the second day of the USA mini-camp try-out? "Is Kevin Durant a "safe bet" to make the next USA senior national team?

"Is there a safe-bet in Vegas? I don't know about that. Obviously though, he's world-class talent with a world-class attitude. So a very unique player, a perimeter player at 6-11. I was impressed with his defense yesterday. One thing that we tried to with the last team and going forward is to have length. We may not have all the bulk, but if we have length that's a huge thing for us, and obviously he gives us good length.

Q- Many of these players are 20 or 20 years old. Does help create a foundation for USA Basketball past 2012?
Coach K: "That's what this is about. It's not just for '10 and '12. Some of these guys are 21, 22 years old. I mean, they might be on the teams in '10 and '12, but certainly they are the future of USA Basketball if you get them indoctrinated into this.

Q- Is the talent here at mini-camp an example of USA Basketball regaining its prestige?
Coach K: "I think it just says a lot for United State basketball, and the teamwork that the NBA has with USA Basketball I think is critical. It's critical. Jerry with his experience, obviously, on the board of governors and (as an) owner - this is a great growth time while Jerry is in charge. His is the most critical position."

Coach K on USA Managing Director Jerry Colangelo:
"He gives a certain level, a high level of respect for the program, which, if you are going to allocate resources to a program, you want to know that he resources are going to be well taken care of. And these are the resources of the NBA. When they are with USA Basketball, they need to be well taken care of. The NBA is part of USA Basketball, but obvious the relationship between the two is critical, and that's where he comes in."

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