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CFL NOW FACES ROUGH-RIDING ON ITS SOUTHERN STRATEGY

     CFL Commissioner Larry Smith was working last night to
"save" the Jackson, MS franchise-bid, and "with it, the league's
plan for a north-south realignment."  Reportedly, the Jackson
group's bid to get the Las Vegas Posse "was in serious trouble"
due to internal disagreements among the investors (Kent
Gilchrist, Vancouver PROVINCE, 3/28).  The three businessman
apparently "cannot agree on how the percentages of the franchise
should be divided" (Marty York, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 3/28).  The
CFL recently concluded a deal saving the Ottawa Rough Riders from
extinction.
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