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  • CFL FACING THIRD AND LONG AT THE 55?

         The CFL may be entering its final "few weeks of existence,"
    according to its Chair John Tory, in an interview with Marty York
    of the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL.  Tory: "This is third down and long
    for us and there's very little time left on the clock."  Tory
    confirmed the CFL is "just about out of money," adding that none
    of the nine clubs in the league will make a profit this season,
    "largely because funds were required to keep alive the Ottawa
    Rough Riders, B.C. Lions and, to a lesser extent, the Montreal
    Alouettes."  Tory: "There's no point in being unrealistic about
    this in public any more.  We are extremely close to folding."
    Tory said increased playoffs attendance "could go a long way to
    restoring the league's financial help."  He is also eyeing
    "financial contributions from CFL players," and appealed to CFLPA
    Exec Dir Dan Ferrone for contributions.  Tory has "sensed Ferrone
    and the players don't understand the severity" of the situation.
    Tory: "We're in our hour of need right now, and I'm getting the
    impression that Dan doesn't want to help."  Ferrone said his
    players are "prepared to help" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 10/17).
    

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  • LEAGUE NOTES

         More than 35,000 tickets have been sold for Sunday's MLS Cup
    '96 in Foxboro, MA (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/17). MLS Commissioner Doug
    Logan is interviewed in USA TODAY.  Logan: "We're satisfied with
    where we are now."  He added that income from ticket sales was
    $4M above projections.  Changes for '97 include the recruitment
    of more foreign players and MLS Deputy Commissioner Sunil Gulati
    say the league may add up to 20 new international players (USA
    TODAY, 10/17). ...Charles Barkley, on the NBA overpaying young
    players who have yet to prove themselves: "The NBA made all these
    guys stars so they can sell jerseys and shoes, but most of these
    guys can't play.  It's sad.  We might laugh it off, but seriously
    it's a shame"  (AP/ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 10/17). ...SI's
    "Scorecard," on the D'Backs signing free-agent Travis Lee to a
    $10M contact: "Remember October 10, 1996. It may go down as the
    day the economics of baseball changed forever" (SI, 10/21
    issue)....WASHINGTON TIMES tennis writer Josh Young releases his
    annual list of the "Eight Most Powerful People in Tennis."  One
    through eight:  Nike CEO Phil Knight; Andre Agassi; IMG Senior
    Corporate VP Bob Kain; ATP Tour Board of Dir member and Newsweek
    Champions Cup/Evert Cup Tournament Dir Charlie Pasarell; Tennis
    Industry Association President and Wilson Racquet Sports VP Jim
    Baugh; ESPN VP/Programming Steven Risser; ATP Tour CEO Mark Miles
    and Nuveen Tour Co-Owners Jimmy Connors and Ray Benton
    (WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/15).
    

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