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LEAGUE NEWS & NOTES
Published October 4, 1995
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).