SBD/1/Leagues Governing Bodies

ARENA FOOTBALL EXPANSION, NBA/NHL PARTNERSHIPS A PRIORITY

      The Arena Football League plans to expand from 13 to 16
teams for the '96 season, according to Commissioner Jim Drucker.
The cost of the league's next three teams will be $1M, $1.25M,
and $1.5M.  Drucker says one focus will be to bring additional
NBA and NHL owners into the AFL.  Teams in Arizona and St. Louis
are owned by the Suns and Blues, respectively.  Drucker says the
league has had meetings with nine NBA and NHL teams:  "NBA and
NFL owners know sports marketing, know how to reach corporate
sponsors and local TV executives and they know how to attract
fans" (AFL).
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