SBD/2/Leagues Governing Bodies

LEAGUE NOTES

     MLS was the focus of positive profiles over the weekend.
Average attendance was 20,883 as of last Saturday.  Despite the
higher than expected revenues and a salary cap, MLS Commissioner
Doug Logan said they will lose a "substantial" amount of money
this year and next.  Logan also termed K.C., Tampa and Denver
"soft cities" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/30).  L.A. Galaxy GM Danny
Villanueva:  "I like where we're at" (WASHINGTON TIMES,
6/30)....Arena Football has added Fox 40 Int'l -- one of the
world's largest manufacturers of whistles -- as a league sponsor.
The company will be title sponsor of the AFL's "Official of the
Year Award" (AFL)....The IRL and Indianapolis' National City Bank
Indiana have established a special finance program to help IRL
teams purchase new cars and engines in '97.  The bank will loan
up to 75% of the cost, with teams paying back interest only for
six months (INDIANAPOLIS STAR-NEWS, 6/29). ....FIFA will stick
with a 32-team field for the 2002 World Cup Finals, despite
Japanese officials' requests to increase that number (KYODO NEWS,
6/30)....The N.Y. TIMES profiles NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series,
"the fastest growing race series in the country" (N.Y. TIMES,
7/2).
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