Ticket sales at International Speedway Corporation tracks dropped 8.3 percent from March through May, but company executives dont expect that trend to continue through the end of the year.The ISC 2016 second-quarter financial results include NASCAR weekends at six tracks -- Phoenix, Auto Club (California), Martinsville, Talladega, Richmond and Kansas -- as well as motorcycle events at Daytona and an IndyCar race at Phoenix. ISC reported that the IndyCar race at Phoenix -- a new event -- took in approximately $700,000 in ticket revenue. Without that race, ISC would have had a 10.4 percent drop in ticket sales from March through May. When including its January and February events at Daytona, ISCs ticket revenues are down 2.3 percent for the year.The financial results were somewhat expected, as ISC had warned in April of weakening ticket sales. ISC president John Saunders, speaking to financial analysts in a conference call, said the consistent strong racing, youth pricing initiatives and tracks creating themes for their weekends -- such as the Darlington throwback weekend that features paint schemes reminiscent of yesteryear -- should help with ticket sales.We feel pretty good where were at, Saunders said. Hopefully the racing will continue to be the high quality as it has been all year long with such close finishes.Saunders said the June event at Michigan also was down as far as ticket revenues. Daytonas race last weekend was up from 2015, as expected, considering only 50,000 seats of Daytonas new 101,500-seat grandstand were available. ISC expects to at least match its admissions revenue for races next month at Watkins Glen and Michigan, while advance ticket sales are slightly down for its eight races from September through November, Saunders said.The average ticket price for a Sprint Cup ticket bought at its six races from March through May was $72.09, down 3 percent from a year ago, Saunders said. The average ticket bought in 2016, when including its Daytona events in February, was $101.64, up 7 percent.ISC recorded a $41.7 million profit for the first six months of its fiscal year, helped by an $8.3 million after-tax profit of sale of land it had purchased in hopes of putting a track on Staten Island. 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That non-meeting of the minds sums up where Olympic sport has been stalled for years, without public accountability or consequences for anyone other than the athletes themselves.?Individual athletes were held to the highest standard, punished even if they inadvertently ingested a banned substance. Yet the systems that surrounded them could be dysfunctional or corroded and avoid paying much of a price. WADA limited itself to suspending labs and flunking national anti-doping agencies for incompetence, but as athletes from those countries kept showing up at the start line, it became increasingly clear that a system created 16 years ago to harmonize rules across borders harbored deep inequities in testing and enforcement.?WADA has launched a salvo to try to break the stalemate, saying it can and should regulate any entities that sign its code, including national Olympic committees and international sports federations. In a new, graduated set of sanctions presented publicly Sunday for the first time, WADA would impose oversight, fines and -- as a last, drastic resort -- the threat of an Olympic ban in cases where it finds sustained, deliberate sabotage of its rules.?Canadas Rene Bouchard, the veteran government administrator who led the WADA committee that came up with the new standards, called them the opposite of political, as far as Im concerned -- its open, its known. The draft will now undergo legal review, but Bouchard and others made it clear they want to put it into practice as soon as possible.?Sterner sanctions could gain impetus next month if, as expected, the conclusion of law professor Richard McLarens investigation adds to the already considerable evidence that Russian doping was state-sponsored. Part II of his report is slated to be released Dec. 9.?Joseph de Pencier, CEO of the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations, predicted the report would uncover more skulduggery in a way thats very detailed and cant be dismissed as allegations. ?It sure would be nice to see some contrition, he said of Russias sports establishment.?But scrutiny of WADAs plans will be intense and resistance is inevitable. Potential collateral damage to innocent athletes will be a hard needle to thread.dddddddddddd The International Olympic Committee, which has commissioned its own investigation of Russia, will almost certainly resist encroachment on its turf and its traditional role as sole gatekeeper for its flagship event. That was amply demonstrated last summer when it steamrolled WADAs objections and made most Russian athletes eligible for the Rio 2016 Games.?In recent months, the IOC has oscillated between pledging support to WADA and attacking it. Beckie Scott, the retired Olympic champion cross-country skier and chair of WADAs Athlete Committee, labeled those broadsides an effort to destabilize and undermine WADA ... the only fight that should be taking place is the fight for clean sport.?The feud is complex because its familial. The overlap between the two bureaucracies is written into WADAs structure and embodied in its current president, IOC member Craig Reedie, who was elected unopposed for another three-year term Sunday. If WADA succeeds in extending its regulatory reach, the potential conflicts of interest could multiply. Sunday, the agency committed to forming a working group that will review governance and ethical standards.?Max Cobb, president and CEO of the U.S. Biathlon Association, said he would prefer to see IOC members excluded from WADA executive positions. Like many whose sports have been dented by doping, Cobb, who attended Sundays meeting as an observer, is impatient with the infighting and wants to see concrete progress. You wonder whether theres a desire to really resolve this, or if its just turf wars and pleasantries being exchanged, he said.?WADA is bidding to expand its jurisdiction and authority at perhaps the most demanding and transitional time in its history. Many of the governments that fund it, the national anti-doping agencies that implement its rules, and the athletes who submit to them have raised their voices and are putting pressure on the agency to assert itself.?The agencys to-do list includes figuring out how to grow its budget to match its bigger ambitions, including a beefed-up investigative unit; drawing up a template for an independent global testing entity; and implementing a new policy for encouraging and rewarding whistleblowers. Cyberattacks by Russian hackers exposed athletes medical information by leaking therapeutic use exemption documents this year -- payback for WADAs stance that Russia should be banned from Rio -- and forced a $200,000 IT upgrade.?The events that propelled WADA to this juncture may seem to hark back to the Cold War, but Edwin Moses, the double Olympic hurdles champion and chairman of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency board, balks at too simplistic a narrative for the sides that have been taken.?Me being an American has nothing to do with it, he said of his support for a stronger WADA. I dont want your daughter, your son, under the impression they have to take drugs to compete. Thats corrupt. 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