SBD/1/Leagues Governing Bodies


     At a press conference promoting the NFL's American Bowl to
be played in Toronto on August 12, Toronto Sun Publishing Co.
President Paul Godfrey said that Toronto is aiming for an NFL
expansio franchise by '98, according to the TORONTO STAR.  NFL
Commissioner Paul Tagliabue attended the press conference and
stated Toronto is on his short list for new teams (Ken McKee,
TORONTO STAR, 6/1).  Marty York of the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL notes
that Tagliabue "knocked down every obstacle" cited by those who
disapprove of expansion in Canada.  Tagliabue: "We're very
interested in this market.  We know how much NFL interest there
is in Toronto and Canada generally."  Godfrey said he may be
involved personally in the ownership group and introduced retired
race car driver Mario Andretti as another potential owner (Marty
York, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 6/1).
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