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Published July 23, 1996
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)