SBD/7/Leagues Governing Bodies


     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
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