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         In the current issue of SI, Austin Murphy offers a "warm
    Willkommen back" to the NFL's World League of American Football
    after its two-year hiatus.  "In its reincarnation the league is
    emphasizing frugality -- players earn, on average $15,000 for the
    10-week season -- and entertainment."  The World League
    Experience, "designed to give Europeans an appreciation of
    football skills," mirrors the league's NFL Experience.  Despite
    new rules, an all-European focus and heavy marketing efforts,
    "media coverage has been sparse, and attendance through the first
    six weeks of the season has been disappointing."  Murphy notes
    that the play of the European "nationals" (each team carries
    seven Europeans) has improved greatly.  If 6'6" German-born
    lineman Olaf hampel is right when he says that the presence of
    non-kicking European players in the NFL soon will be "no big
    deal," Murphy writes that the NFL's "experiment in Europe will
    not seem so wacky after all" (SI, 5/22 issue).

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         In its first five months, USA Hockey InLine has registered
    more than 56 in-line hockey leagues totalling more than 9,000
    players.  USA Hockey InLine's program follows that of USA Hockey,
    the national governing body for the sport in the U.S., including
    "sanctioning" of leagues and registration of players, coaches and
    referees.  USA Hockey Exec Dir Dave Ogrean:  "The tremendous
    response we've seen to USA Hockey InLine in the first five months
    of operation confirms our belief that interest in hockey, both on
    and off the ice, is at an all-time high in the United States."
    Four companies -- Karhu, USA (Jofa, Titen, Koho and Canadien),
    Canstar Sports USA (Bauer, Cooper), First Team Sports (Ultra
    Wheels), Hillerich & Bradsby of Canada (Louisville Hockey) --
    have signed on as Gold Level Official Sponsors for USA Hockey
    InLine's first year.  In addition, USA Hockey InLine has signed
    on former NHL player Brian Mullen as "Coach-in-Chief" and former
    WHA/NHL referee Ron Foyt as "Referee-in-Chief" (USA Hockey

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