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  • BASEBALL NOTES: '98 ALL STAR SITE; NEGRO LEAGUE CELEBRATION

         Within the next month, MLB is expected to announce Coors
    Field as its site for the '98 All-Star Game (USA TODAY,
    5/26)....Visions USA has been "drafted" by the Negro Leagues
    Baseball Museum in Kansas City, MO, to produce a three-day
    celebration in October honoring the 75th anniversary of the
    leagues' founding (ADWEEK, 5/22)....At least half of MLB owners
    "are in favor of an in-house, revenue-sharing plan that does not
    include concessions from the union," according to Hal Bodley in
    this morning's USA TODAY.  This will be discussed when owners
    meet June 5-8 to "map strategy" for talk on a new CBA (USA TODAY,
    5/26).
    

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  • IHL SEES OPENING IN CANADA MARKET; NOT FAZED BY ATLANTA TALK

         IHL Commissioner Bob Ufer said his league has a "tremendous
    interest" in Canada and wants to establish a "Canadian Conference
    anchored by a franchise in Toronto," according to this morning's
    Toronto GLOBE & MAIL.  Ufer's remarks seem to contradict "earlier
    reports that stated the IHL, in awarding franchises, would reject
    a Canadian city with a population under 700,000."  William
    Houston writes that the IHL "could be the salvation for Canadian
    markets, such as Quebec, which cannot support" NHL teams.  Ufer
    sees other potential cities in Saskatoon, and "perhaps Hamilton"
    (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 5/26).  Richard Adler, Co-Owner and
    President of the IHL Atlanta Knights said an NHL team in Atlanta
    would not force them to leave.  Although the Knights loses their
    hockey "exclusivity" in the Omni after '95-96, the team has a
    lease to play there through '96-97.  But Adler said sharing the
    facility with an NHL team "doesn't work" (Tim Tucker, ATLANTA
    CONSTITUTION, 5/26).
    

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  • USA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM NAMED AS NEW LEAGUE LAUNCHED

         Eleven women were named yesterday to play for the U.S.
    Women's National Basketball Team, "a $3 million experience to win
    gold at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics."  The team will train
    together for a year rather than the traditional three months
    (Debbie Becker, USA TODAY, 5/26).  The team will be sponsored by
    Champion Products, and marketed by the NBA.  In Philadelphia,
    Diane Pucin writes on the pressure facing the team:  "No gold
    medal and this will be a failure.  The sponsors will probably
    never come back for another try, and even with a gold medal,
    there's no guarantee that a professional league will follow"
    (PHILA. INQUIRER, 5/26).
         NEW LEAGUE:  "Another attempt at a women's professional
    basketball league was launched" yesterday with the first full
    season targeted for next year.  The Women's Major Basketball
    League will be based in Nashville, and The Institute of
    Professional Athletics will handle the initial stages of the
    league's formation.  The WMBL plans exhibition games this fall
    (AP/ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 5/26).
    

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