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         The NHL released the schedule for its 80th season.  Games
    will begin Friday, October 4, and the regular season will run to
    April 13 (NHL)....ESPN's John Kernan reported the IRL is looking
    to expand its schedule -- possibly to the Pocono Int'l Raceway.
    IRL President Tony George and two other IRL officials visited the
    raceway over the weekend ("SportsCenter," 7/22)....On the '96-97
    premiere of "NFL Prime Monday," ESPN's Chris Mortensen quoted a
    source who told him NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue is
    considering a six-eight game suspension for Michael Irvin because
    of the "exacerbating circumstances" concerning his drug case.
    Also, NFL officials are still deciding whether to order Irvin
    into rehab.  Mortensen also noted that Nebraska coach Tom Osborne
    wrote to Tagliabue and all NFL teams saying that NFL scouts are
    banned from campus.  Osborne is upset at the way the league
    handled the Lawrence Phillips and Christian Peter situations
    ("NFL Prime Monday," 7/22)....Average MLS attendance dropped
    below 20,000 for the first time.  The league now averages 19,776,
    including two season low crowds the last week in Denver of 6,117
    and 6,320 (USA TODAY, 7/23)....In Phoenix, Bob Cohn, on NBA free
    agency salaries, which he calls "laughable and ludicrous":  "The
    sport is in serious danger of alienating many of the fans once so
    willing to embrace it" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 7/23)....The AHL has
    named Syracuse to host the '98 AHL All-Star Classic.  Next
    season's event will be in St. John, New Brunswick (AHL)

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         The NBA won its lawsuit with Motorola, Inc. with a judge
    ruling the electronics company "engaged in unlawful conduct" with
    its pager-like device that gives action of games, called
    SportsTrax.  Judge Loretta Preska, in her decision in U.S.
    District Court in Manhattan, said Motorola must stop using
    SportsTrax.  The lawsuit "alleged the service isn't licensed or
    authorized by the league."  The NBA "sought and was granted a
    permanent injunction" against Motorola and Skokie, IL-based Stats
    Inc., the company that assembles the information.  However,
    "unspecified damages and other claims of relief were denied"
    (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 7/23).  Motorola claimed SportsTrax was
    "simply another version of the evening news," but Preska called
    that "utterly unpersuasive" (RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH, 7/23).  In
    Newark, Dan Wasserman notes, "The ruling clears the way for the
    NBA to pursue negotiations with ESPN and Time Warner about
    licensing an official sports beeper."  It also jeopardizes the
    status of SportsTrax covering football and baseball.  MLB and the
    NFL have also threatened suit against STATS and Motorola (Newark
    STAR-LEDGER, 7/23).

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