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Published October 17, 1996
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).