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LEAGUE NOTES: MONTERREY'S BIG AUDITION
Published August 7, 1996
MLB officials will be "watching closely" next week when the Padres and Mets play a three-game series in Monterrey, Mexico. During MLB's last expansion, Monterrey got serious consideration. The series is being played in Mexico because San Diego is hosting the Republican national convention (USA TODAY, 8/7)....NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, on criticism that his five-game suspension of Cowboys WR Michael Irvin was not enough: "This was his first offense, and that makes it difficult because you hope it will be his last offense" (USA TODAY, 8/7)....With the start of the NFL preseason, many in the sport are glad the tumultuous off-season has finally ended. NFLPA Exec Dir Gene Upshaw: "The players aren't excited about two-a-days, but at least we can get on with something else." Tagliabue: "You've got a handful of guys who sour the barrel for all the other guys" (USA TODAY, 8/7)....As more and more WTA Tour staff members move from the St. Petersburg offices for the Tour's CT HQs, there are rumors WTA Tour CEO Anne Person Worcester has plans to close the St. Pete office (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 8/7)....Eastern League President John Levenda was fired by the league's board. The apparent front-runner for the post is Brian Mahoney, the Trenton Thunder's Assistant GM, a key organizer of the Double-A All-Star Game (BASEBALL AMERICA, 8/19).