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Published May 31, 1995
The second-year Texas-Louisiana Baseball League, an independent operation outside the NAPBL, "might even turn a profit in 1995," according to Richard Alm of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. The league projects revenues of $10-$12M, about double from last year, with a budget up to $9M. The league's opening weekend drew about 40,000 total for the first 20 games, average of 2,000/game. League President Doug Theodore: "Overall, we are very pleased, especially since we started a week earlier than last year" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 5/28)....Wimbledon officials will unveil a new, slower tennis ball this summer designed to make the tournament more attractive by taking away some of the speed of the serve. London's Sunday Mail said speed of serves will be reduced by 7-10% (Mult., 5/29)...3,397,951 fans attended AHL regular season and playoff games this season, topping last season's record high of 2,994,364, an increase of almost 14% (AHL)...The ATP Tour Smash Tennis, a mini-festival for kids, continues to draw crowds. In Paris last weekend, the Smash (presented by Reebok) drew a record crowd of over 18,000 at the Champs de Mars in front of the Eiffel Tower (ATP)....The LPGA and DelWilber & Associates announced the introduction of the Sacramento LPGA Classic to the '96 LPGA Tour. The event will be held in early April at the Twelve Bridges Golf Club in Lincoln, CA (LPGA)...CNBC's Sue Herera reported last night that attendance at MLB games were down more than 21% over the Memorial Day weekend. Only four of the 13 games reported attendance of more than 30,000 ("SportsView," CNBC, 5/30).