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Published July 2, 1996
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).