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ARENA FOOTBALL -- CATCH A GLIMPSE OF THE FUTURE

     Arenaball, a sport that is "conceived, performed and
marketed as an unashamed entertainment enterprise," is examined
by Charles Pierce in the latest issue of GQ.  Upon the sport's
inception, "Arenaball immediately tapped into the demand for
relatively inexpensive sports productions. ... The same dynamic
that caused a boom in minor league baseball and hockey also
worked to the benefit of Arenaball."  Pierce calls the sports a
glimpse of the "birth of a raucous future toward which most
spoorts seem to be slouching."  While a "garish display" of the
future of sports, others -- the NBA is mentioned -- may surpass
Arneball.  Pierce:  "In fifty years, people are going to think it
was all so lovely and quaint" (GQ, 8/95 issue).
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