World Cup Could Elevate Soccer In North America New "Madden-Like" Football League Coming World Record Jump Scheduled Prior To 'Dega Race MLS Owners Evaluating Beckham's Miami Effort Will Serena's Pregnancy Hurt WTA Tour? Logano Appears In Verizon Public Service Spot Officials OK With Anticipating Indy 500 Crowd NFL Revenue Gap Could Continue To Be Issue MLB, Umps Discussing Wearing Mics To Explain Replays Pro Rugby League's Second Season In Doubt
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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).