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JAPAN AND SOUTH KOREA PRESENT WORLD CUP BIDS
Published March 6, 1995
Japan and South Korea were the only two countries to present World Cup bids to FIFA by Tuesday's confirmation deadline, and it "now seems certain that an Asian country will host the 2002 World Cup." The Games have never been held outside of Europe and the Americas. Mexico, which had been in the running since December, failed to present a bid. Japan, "which began working on its bid in 1986, appears to be the front runner. A decision on 2002 will be announced in June '96 (John Haydon, WASHINGTON TIMES, 3/5). OTHER SOCCER NOTES: Tampa Bay will be home to three area pro soccer teams. The city will have a MLS team, a NPSL franchise, and last week the city was awarded U.S. International Soccer League franchise. Some question whether three teams are too much for the area (Bill Ward, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 3/5)....Despite an "aggressive marketing plan, the Atlanta Ruckus is danger of folding before it plays a game." Ruckus Owner Sam Chase failed to post a $100,000 letter of credit with the APSL by the March 1 deadline, "forcing the league to begin the process of revoking his franchise." A local sports marketing firm, Atlanta Management Services, is "spearheading a drive to find new investors" (Doug Cress, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 3/5).