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LEAGUE NOTES: CHILL WINDS BLOWING OVER THE CFL
Published November 16, 1995
CFL Commissioner Larry Smith said the league will deal with the possibility of losing one or all of its U.S. franchises at a Governors meeting next month in Toronto (CP/ HAMILTON SPECTATOR, 11/16). In Toronto, Steve Simmons writes, "Rumors abound that Smith will be replaced if the league maintains both Canadian and American teams, and there are stories circulating ... that he is gone no matter what form the league takes on" (TORONTO SUN, 11/16)....The CISL's Board of Governors meet today and tomorrow in San Diego at the annual winter meeting. Topics: player compensation, length and time of season; alignment; expansion; league-wide marketing; and the draft. The Board expects to review at least four new franchise applications (CISL)....The MLS holds a news briefing Tuesday, November 21, to introduce senior management and outline national promotions (MLS).... Noting poor attendance in Washington and Long Island, Dave Fay writes the NHL "is getting itself into trouble, which is what happens when you tinker with a product a loyal following loved" (WASH. TIMES, 11/15)....In Indianapolis, Bill Benner examines the dilemma facing IHL Commissioner Bob Ufer: "While he talked on one hand about a hard salary cap in the IHL and keeping ticket prices low, he also spoke of expansion into bigger markets and forging alliances with NBA teams" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR-NEWS, 11/16).