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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).

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         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).

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