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  • LEAGUE NOTES

         NO MLS IN INDIANAPOLIS?  "Word out of Indianapolis is that
    Major League Soccer will not award the city one of its final two
    franchises, opting for Kansas City instead," according to Terry
    Armour of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE.  Armour reports that Dallas is the
    leading candidate to receive the other MLS team (CHICAGO TRIBUNE,
    5/8).
         THE "HIPPEST SPORT"?  Mountain biking "continues to climb in
    popularity" according to the Vancouver PROVINCE.  A "fringe sport
    five years ago," it now has annual world championships and a 10-
    race World Cup series.  It has "quietly become one of the hippest
    sports in the 90's," and can be seen on live TV in several
    European countries and attracts more than 50,000 spectators.  The
    addition of the sport to full medal status for the '96 Olympics
    is also "expected to boost its popularity even more," and as the
    sport "grows, so does its attraction to sponsors, which in turn
    is attracting top cyclists" (Vancouver PROVINCE, 5/9).
    

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  • OWNERS TO TALK OF RETURN TO THE BARGAINING TABLE?

         MLB owners will meet in Chicago on Wednesday with the topic
    of a return to the bargaining table to renew labor negotiations
    reportedly on the agenda.  According to the USA TODAY's Hal
    Bodley, the owners are also expected to "approve 1994 pension
    payments to the union that were not made last summer" (USA TODAY,
    5/9).  ESPN's Chris Berman added:  "Maybe they'll discuss
    changing their legal team, which could be challenging the '88
    Orioles for worst start of a season" ("Baseball Tonight," ESPN,
    5/8).
         FEHR SAYS ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE:  MLBPA Exec Dir Donald Fehr
    was interviewed on PRIME's "Talking Baseball with Ed Randall."
    Fehr said he did not think players would boycott the July 11 All-
    Star Game, but he wouldn't rule out the possibility of another
    strike later in the season.  Fehr: "There are no 100% guarantees
    in life."  Fehr stressed in that although "energies are focused
    on trying to get an agreement," the union would not close of any
    of its options during the season.  The interview will be shown on
    Prime Network and SportsChannel this week (ST. LOUIS POST-
    DISPATCH/AP, 5/8).  Agent Tom Reich was interviewed on PRIME's
    "Press Box" last night.  Reich: "We can not heal this game until
    there is a new labor agreement, one.  And, two, the parties [have
    to] try and get along and try and repair this sport, because it
    trails the other sports.  This is the national was-time."  On the
    present atmosphere: "Negotiating contracts right now is like
    trying to do a lease deal in the middle of Bosnia" ("Press Box,"
    5/8).
         SPARKY A BUD FAN:  Despite his refusal to manage replacement
    players, Sparky Anderson is an admirer of Acting Commissioner Bud
    Selig.  Anderson: "Bud is an outstanding man who's been under a
    tremendous amount of pressure.  But there aren't many other men
    I've known in this business whose friendship I cherish more and
    whom I respect as much as Bud" (Drew Sharp, DETROIT FREE PRESS,
    5/9).
    

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  • SMALLER CROWDS SEE BETTER FOOTBALL IN WLAF

         While the quality of play is "better," WLAF attendance is
    down compared to te league's last season, 1992, according to
    Gordon Forbes of USA TODAY.  Barcelona, which averaged 30,576 in
    '92, is only averaging 16,500 this year.  Frankfurt, which
    averaged 36,247 in '92, is only averaging 28,021 this year.  And
    finally, London, which averaged 21,901 in '92, and had 61,108 for
    the World Bowl in '91, has dropped to an average crowd of 8,763.
    WLAF VP of Operations Jerry Vainisi:  "I don't know if it has
    been a shock or anything.  It's similar to baseball.  They saw us
    play, and then we dropped out (in 1993).  Now we're back.
    There's a why-don't-you-wait-and-show-me factor."  Vainisi notes
    the World Bowl is tentatively scheduled for Amsterdam,
    Netherlands, on June 17 or 18.  But thin crowds could force the
    WLAF to change it (Gordon Forbes, USA TODAY, 5/9).
    

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  • SULLIVAN'S LAWSUIT AGAINST NFL IS BACK IN COURT

         The NFL yesterday asked a federal judge to grant a motion
    sparing it from a second trial on former Patriots owner William
    Sullivan's antitrust lawsuit against the league.  The case is
    back in court after Sullivan's $51M award by a U.S. District
    Court jury was thrown out by the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of
    Appeals.  League lawyers are arguing that the league and its
    teams could not be accused of conspiring to violate antitrust law
    because the NFL should be considered a single entity instead of a
    group of teams with separate goals (AP/ATLANTA CONSTITUTION,
    5/9).
    

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