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  • LEAGUE NEWS & NOTES

         The Arena Football League will return to Southern CA, as its
    Board of Governors yesterday approved the sale of the Las Vegas
    Sting to a group of Orange County investors.  The team, which
    will play at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, will be headed by
    President/GM Roy Englebrecht.  Englebrecht is Exec VP and
    minority Owner of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes California League
    team.  The Sting reportedly lost $1M in each of the last two
    seasons in Las Vegas.  The Los Angeles Cobras called the L.A.
    Sports Arena home during the '88 AFL season, but folded after one
    year (L.A. TIMES, 10/4)....The Major Indoor Lacrosse League has
    granted Charlotte a team for the '96 season.  The Cobras will
    play at Independence Arena and are the MILL's seventh franchise
    (MILL)....In the latest issue of SPORT, Dan Dieffenbach
    criticizes Michael Jordan's role in the NBA labor dispute.
    Dieffenbach writes that Jordan would have been "better off siding
    with players like Hakeem Olajuwon and David Robinson, or even
    [NBPA President Buck] Williams, instead of surrounding himself
    with controversy and troublemakers like Alonzo Mourning and
    Reggie Miller, both taking calls on the 1-800-DECERTIFY party
    line" (SPORT, 11/95 issue)....In the current AUTOWEEK, Wes Raynal
    doubts the IndyCar-IRL confrontation will go "over the brink" and
    lead to an alternate race on May 26, the date of the Indy 500.
    While CART President Andrew Craig says there will be no boycott
    of the 500, Raynal reports that dissident teams may have a
    contingency plan in place if the IRL fails to modify qualifying
    rules.  Craig: "I've made it clear that a boycott is not on our
    list of things to do.  But we've been locked out.  It's
    reasonable for teams to consider other options" (AUTOWEEK, 10/2
    issue).
    

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  • THE GAMBLER: JONES CONTEMPLATES COUNTERSUIT AGAINST NFL

         Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones said his second meeting with NFL
    Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and the executive council of NFL
    Properties will determine whether or not he files a countersuit,
    according to the DALLAS MORNING NEWS.  Jones: "I'm probably going
    to be taking the next step no matter what happens. ... It will be
    a very productive meeting because it will dictate to a large
    degree what I do over the next few days with regard to litigation
    with the NFL."  The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at an
    undisclosed location (Ed Werder, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/4).
    Jones also adds:  "This potentially has more interest than the
    labor agreement or anything because it transcends the sports
    page" (Dave Sell, WASHINGTON POST, 10/4).
         CALL BILLY PAYNE:  An editorial in AD AGE notes that with
    Jerry Jones, the NFL and NFL Properties are "getting a taste" of
    a problem that plagues Olympic organizers:  ambush marketing (AD
    AGE, 10/2 issue).
         INSTANT REPLAY:  A report in the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER notes
    a formal vote on bringing back instant replay "seems inevitable"
    next March at the NFL owners meeting in Palm Beach.  Browns Owner
    Art Modell:  "The bottom line is it's there for 40 million people
    to watch on television.  Right now, they're seeing what we can't
    correct, and that's not good for anybody" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER,
    10/4).
    

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