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The IHL is profiled by Neil Hohlfeld of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE, who writes the league "continues to blur the picture by playing minor-league hockey but doing everything else on a major-league level" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 9/23).... Although an announcement on NHL player participation in the '98 Nagano Games in expected next weekend, some players think the "dream-team concept, that has worked so well in basketball, won't fly in hockey." Flyers star Eric Lindros: said that hockey players "don't mesh as quickly" as basketball players" (Gary Miles, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 9/24)....The NPSL kicks off their 12th season on Friday October 20th (NPSL)....The new hockey leagues forming in Eastern Europe are examined by George Gross of the TORONTO SUN. The Eastern European Hockey League was formed in the off-season by the hockey federation of Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, and Estonia (TORONTO SUN, 9/26)....Three new additions to the Champions Tennis Tour. The Tour will make its Asian debut November 2-5, in South Africa in March '96, and an exhibition in Bombay, India late in '96 (Champions Tour)....Michael Wilbon on "NFL Prime Monday": "It would be nice if the NFL could take care of this rash of bad officiating simply by reinstalling instant replay, because anybody who is more interested in the length of games, rather than getting it right, ought to be tuned out. But replay alone cannot fix poor officiating" (ESPN, 9/25).
The tax exempt status of some "non-profit" organizations is back in the new -- again, with a focus on the sports world. The issue is the cover story in this week's U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT and was featured on ABC's "World News Tonight" last night. The salaries paid to top executives at the PGA Tour, MLBPA and the NFL are detailed in the U.S. NEWS piece by Pound, Cohen & Loeb. One thing "that has captured the attention of the few members of Congress willing to take on non-profits and their powerful lobbies is executive compensation. The dollars are huge." The NFL pays Commissioner Paul Tagliabue $2.5M and has given him a $250,000 loan. Also listed is the salary of the MLBPA Exec Dir Donald Fehr (U.S. NEWS, 10/2 issue). Last night, ABC's John Martin examined the ATP and PGA Tours. While players pay taxes on earnings, "business leagues" like the PGA and ATP are exempted. Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND): "I think it is safe to say the IRS has no idea how much money they are losing here" ("World News Tonight," ABC, 9/25).