SBD/4/Leagues Governing Bodies


     The PGA Tour starts its season today at the Mercedes
Championship at Lacosta on Carlsbad, CA.  The Tour's 45 events
feature a total of $66.6M in purse money.  The LPGA, which gets
underway next week, will have 39 events for $25.3M in prize money
-- up $1M from '95.  The Senior PGA Tour also has 39 events for
$38.5M.  In Washington, Leonard Shapiro notes that golf heads
into '96 "in relatively strong shape" with World Tour and FTC
problems settled.  However, the controversy over CBS commentator
Ben Wright still "lingers" (WASHINGTON POST, 1/4)....In an
interview released by the Corel WTA Tour, Monica Seles expressed
a desire for equal pay at future Australian Opens, but she said
she still plans to play in the tournament.  Seles:  "I wish it
wouldn't have happened ... [but] I always play because it doesn't
matter to me" (Corel WTA Tour)....The CFL owes its Players'
Association nearly $500,000 in overdue pension-fund payments at
the same time they are trying to reduce roster sizes and cut pay.
The CFLPA says it will not begin  negotiations on a new CBA until
the pension-fund issue is settled (TORONTO SUN, 1/4)....The NPSL
announced its players will be allowed to participate in MLS
combines to be held this month.  NPSL Commissioner Steve Paxos
said they are "glad to assist and cooperate" with MLS (NPSL).
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