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  • BASEBALL FACES ANOTHER SEA OF RED IN CINCINNATI

         The announced paid attendance for Game 2 of the NLCS in
    Cincinnati last night was 44,624, which is 8,328 short of a
    sellout.  Reds Owner Marge Schott called the situation
    "disappointing" and said that Reds fans are "spoiled."  Reds GM
    Jim Bowden said, "We're the ones to blame for the empty seats.
    That's a result of what we've done to the game" (Jack Wilkinson,
    ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 10/12).  Tuesday's Game 1 featured more
    than 16,000 empty seats.
         NATIONAL ATTENTION:  In New York, Anthony Gargano writes,
    "There's apathy in the town Pete Rose built" (N.Y. POST, 10/12).
    In Washington, Tom Boswell reacts to Bowden's statement -- "If
    they don't want to come see us, we can't make them come":  "That
    isn't true.  You can make them want to come.  It's called
    marketing.  The Reds don't waste money on such new-fangled
    notions" (WASHINGTON POST, 10/12).  USA TODAY's Tom Weir notes
    Riverfront "wasn't dressed up" -- with a "bare minimum of
    bunting" and no playoff logo (USA TODAY, 10/12).  USA TODAY's
    Rick Bozich:  "Welcome to the No-Show" (USA TODAY, 10/12).  In
    Philadelphia, Rich Hofmann writes, "You can't help be stunned by
    the fragility of this sport's underpinnings right now"
    (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 10/11).  ESPN's Gary Miller, before
    last night's game:  "There are more people gathered around the
    batting cage right now than there were in the upper deck in the
    outfield last night."  Barry Larkin:  "People are obviously still
    upset about the strike" ("SportsCenter," 10/11).
         LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE:  USA TODAY's Hal Bodley notes the
    positive effect the Mariners' run is having on the game (USA
    TODAY, 10/12).  In Milwaukee, Dale Hofmann notes the cancellation
    of the O.J. interview, which was to compete with ABC's playoff
    coverage:  "Baseball's run of buzzard luck was interrupted"
    (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 10/12).
    

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  • COREL BECOMES WORLDWIDE SPONSOR OF WTA TOUR

         The WTA Tour announced yesterday that Corel Corp., the
    Ottawa-based developer of PC graphics and multimedia software,
    has been signed to a multiyear, multimillion dollar sponsorship
    deal.  Under the agreement, Corel will become worldwide title
    sponsor of the WTA Tour.  The "Corel WTA Tour" debuts November
    13-19 at the Tour Championships at Madison Square Garden in New
    York.  WTA Tour CEO Anne Person Worcester:  "This is an important
    date in the history of women's tennis" (WTA Tour).  The OTTAWA
    CITIZEN reports the deal is for three years at $4M a year.  For
    its part, Corel will receive "extensive international on-court
    exposure -- signs, net posts, patches on players' tops -- and
    television coverage."  In addition, Corel will help the WTA
    establish a Web site and assist with other promos, including
    player profiles on CD-ROM.  Corel CEO Michael Cowpland:  "This
    will turn Corel into a household name.  Right now, we're No. 2
    behind Microsoft for software."  Cowpland expecially noted the
    possibilities in Japan and the Far East."  The deal also means
    the likelihood of women's tennis returning to network TV.
    Cowpland met with officials from Fox on Tuesday and he is
    "certain" the network will televise all U.S.-based WTA Tour
    events (Martin Cleary, OTTAWA CITIZEN, 10/12).
         WHAT NEXT?  Corel may "try to enlist the assistance of
    publishing firms to help market the tour," according to Reynolds
    and O'Loughlin of INSIDE MEDIA.  Corel reportedly sent out a
    proposal to a "number of computer publishers and magazine
    companies in late August to gauge their interest in being
    assigned certain tour marketing rights and amenities in exchange
    for millions of dollars worth of pages in the magazines" (INSIDE
    MEDIA, 10/4-18 issue).
    

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  • FOOTBALL NOTES: NFL TO PUT SANDERS DEAL UNDER THE SCOPE

         While giving Deion Sanders permission to play with the
    Cowboys, the NFL also declared his contract with the team is a
    "circumvention of the salary cap," according to today's DALLAS
    MORNING NEWS.  The league has asked the Cowboys to restructure
    the deal "to significantly inflate the relatively minuscule
    $2.035 million Sanders would charge to their cap his first three
    seasons with the team."  Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones:  "There have
    probably been 50 contracts structured like this.  The only thing
    different about this contract is that it is bigger than any they
    have seen."  At issue are the low base salaries to be paid to
    Sanders and the fact that the seven-year deal could be voided to
    five, allowing the Cowboys to spread the signing bonus over more
    years.  NFL Exec VP Harold Henderson:  "The CBA is completely
    undermined if contracts for superstars are structured with
    artificial, substandard salaries and outsized bonuses."  NFLPA
    General Counsel Richard Berthelsen:  "Our agreement specially
    states that anything permitted by the collective bargaining
    agreement cannot be considered circumvention."  Jones said any
    dispute on Sanders' contract would be a matter for the NFLPA to
    pursue (Ed Werder, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/12).
    

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  • LEAGUE NOTES

         With the addition of the Canadian expansion teams, the NBA
    will expand the number of teams in the annual draft lottery to 13
    (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/12)....The beginning of the NHL season
    brings with it a "relaunch" of the league's new marketing
    programs.  NHL Enterprises is readying spots based on the
    league's new "marketing moniker" -- "the coolest game on earth"
    (AD AGE, 10/9 issue)....Philadelphia businessman Ed Tepper has
    applied to become the 15th NPSL franchise.  He expects to have a
    lease agreement soon with the Spectrum to begin play in '96-97,
    when the 76ers and Flyers move to the adjacent CoreStates Center
    (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 10/11)....The CFL Board of Governors
    meets next month to discuss restructuring proposals put forth by
    U.S. franchise owners.  Birmingham Barracudas Owner Art Williams
    has called for a new name, rule changes and competition for top
    college players (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 10/7)....In L.A., Hilary
    MacGregor profiles Don Nomura, agent to Hideo Nomo who is seeking
    to deregulate Japanese baseball.  Nomura:  "The Japanese teams
    are like car companies here.  They are totally closed."  Japanese
    baseball officials refer to Nomura as a "self-promoter" (L.A.
    TIMES, 10/9)....FIFA has set up a commission to study European
    proposals to overhaul the organization of soccer, rotate the
    World Cup and increase income (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 10/10).
    

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