SBD/22/Leagues Governing Bodies

UBL OFFICIALS TO MEET IN VANCOUVER

     "A high level delegation" of the proposed UBL will be in
Vancouver either late this week or next week to discuss ownership
and stadium lease issues with B.C. Place officials.  Although it
is unclear whether the UBL "will present any solid ownership
possibilities" with the group, UBL VP of Franchise Development
Greg Smith said that "certain numbers of the UBL investor group
remain interested" in the Vancouver franchise (Lyndon Little,
VANCOUVER SUN, 2/22).  In Boston, Michael Gee predicts that the
UBL "will not play in 1996, or any other year."  The league
proposed profit-sharing between players and owners as an
"economic incentive" for players joining the league.  However,
Gee disagrees, writing that "profit sharing works only when there
is a profit.  And the stars a new league needs to survive, let
alone prosper, are unlikely to work on commission" (BOSTON
HERALD, 2/19).
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