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  • ALL-SPORTS CONFERENCE USA TO BEGIN NEXT SEASON

         Conference USA, a new 12-school league made up primarily
    from the Great Midwest and Metro Conferences, will begin
    basketball competition in '95-96.  The schools include:  UAB,
    Cincinnati, DePaul, Marquette, Memphis, St. Louis, Louisville,
    UNC-Charlotte, So. Mississippi, South Florida and Tulane.
    Houston will begin play in '96-97.  The first conference
    tournament will be held in Memphis, and receive an automatic NCAA
    bid in '97.  The league picked Michael Slive from the Great
    Midwest as its commissioner (Rick Gano, AP/FORT WORTH STAR-
    TELEGRAM, 4/25).  ESPN and Conference USA announced a multi-year
    agreement granting ESPN, ESPN2 and Creative Sports exclusive
    rights for national broadcast network, national and regional
    cable and syndication of all men's basketball games beginning
    this season (ESPN).  The ESPN deal is reportedly for six years.
    Liberty Sports and the conference have already agreed on a 5-year
    football package.  Slive said revenue from the TV packages will
    "exceed" $30M (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 4/25).
    

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  • CARQUEST RENEWS TITLE SPONSORSHIP OF BOWL

         Carquest Corp., the sponsor of the Carquest Bowl for the
    past two years, has renewed its sponsorship for the next three
    years.  The bowl will be held on December 30 at Joe Robbie
    Stadium and be telecast by TBS.  The title sponsorship agreement
    was negotiated by Raycom, which has managed the bowl since
    creating the event in '90.  This year's bowl will match Big
    East's No. 3 team against either the ACC's No. 4 or the SEC's No.
    5 team (Raycom).
    

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