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Published October 12, 1995
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).