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CFL'S AMERICAN DREAM BEGINS TO UNRAVEL

     None of the CFL's Board of Governors were willing to declare
U.S. expansion an "abject failure" yesterday,  despite the fact
that Board Chair John Tory opened the annual meeting with the
news the Memphis Mad Dogs had folded and that the Birmingham
Barracudas would do the same unless the team is sold and
relocated.  In Toronto, Rick Matsumoto writes to expect the
Barracudas to pull out and the CFL to go with an 11-team league
next year.  But, "there might be more to come" as far as problems
in U.S. cities.  San Antonio Texans Owner Fred Anderson is
conducting a ticket drive and could still withdraw if he fails to
gain 12,000 season-ticket buyers.  The Shreveport Pirates are
examining Norfolk, VA, as a possible new home next year.  And the
Grey Cup Champion Baltimore Stallions could be forced to move
with the Browns coming to their city next year.  In the face of
all this, the Governors gave a vote of confidence to Commissioner
Larry Smith and voted to make no rule changes and to retain the
name "CFL" (TORONTO STAR, 12/1).  Also, the Governors agreed to a
C$200,000 cut to the C$2.5M salary cap, as well as a 25% cut in
league payroll and a 20% cut in operating costs.  Each team will
also lower non-player salary costs by up to 25% (Mike Ganter,
TORONTO SUN, 12/1).
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