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LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES

     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).
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