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SMALLER CROWDS SEE BETTER FOOTBALL IN WLAF
Published May 9, 1995
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).