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  • CFL AND NFL CONTINUE TALKS OVER POSSIBLE AFFILIATION

              NFL Senior VP Joe Browne said last night the CFL and
         NFL have had talks about a potential relationship, but that
         the NFL was "just listening" and that no agreement on a
         "rescue plan" was near, according to Frank Litsky of the
         N.Y. TIMES.  Browne: "We've had several meetings. We have
         heard their proposals, which vary greatly.  At this point,
         there's nothing new" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/9).  CFL governors meet
         in Toronto today to review the state of the Montreal
         franchise.  CFL CEO Jeff Giles said the governors will also
         review the league's "continuing negotiations" with the NFL
         over player development (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 1/9).
    
    

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  • JACK LONG NAMED CEO OF IMSA AND IMSG

              The IMSA has named Jack Long CEO of the sanctioning
         body and Long, who was named to the IMSA Board of Directors
         last November, will lead the day-to-day management and
         operations of IMSA and IMSA's parent, the IMSG.  The IMSA
         also formed IMSA Properties to advance the marketing,
         licensing and properties management of IMSA.  Based in New
         York, IMSA Properties will be led by IMSA VP/Marketing
         Kurtis Eide, now IMSA Properties President (IMSA).
              ACQUISITIONS: IMSG has acquired Sebring Int'l Raceway
         in Sebring, FL and Mosport Park track in Toronto (IMSA).
              NEW SPONSORS: Virgin Interactive Entertainment was
         named sponsor for the Exxon Supreme GT Series through 2001.
         Chrysler Corp. was named presenting sponsor for the '97
         Exxon Superflo 12 Hours of Sebring on March 15 (IMSA).
    
    

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  • LEAGUE NOTES

              MIAMI HERALD columnist Edwin Pope, on Don Shula: "If
         the NFL is as smart as it needs to be, it will create a
         position to take advantage of Shula's expertise and
         integrity; maybe an ambassadorial post in the most serious
         sense of the job description" (MIAMI HERALD, 1/9)....Jackie
         Joyner-Kersee is "abandoning" her pro basketball career to
         return to track and field.  She will leave the ABL to
         participate in the Millrose Games in New York February 7
         (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/9)....The NHL's All-Star Weekend in San
         Jose is previewed by Jody Meacham of the SAN JOSE MERCURY
         NEWS under the header, "A Week Of Partying Before The All-
         Star Game" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 1/9)....USA TODAY's Kevin
         Allen looks at the year ahead for the NHL under the header,
         "Expansion Is A Logical Step."  Allen: "This is a league
         moving ahead at a quickened pace, evidenced by ... increased
         visibility in licensed apparel to beginning its 1997-98
         season in Tokyo" (USA TODAY, 1/9).   
    
     
    

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  • PGA AND LPGA SET TO TEE-OFF; LPGA'S RITTS BOOSTS "MORE"

              The PGA Tour and the LPGA Tour begin their respective
         seasons today with the PGA Tour's Mercedes Championship in
         Carlsbad, CA, and the LPGA's Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament of
         Champions in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  For the LPGA, Commissioner
         Jim Ritts has called the upcoming season the "'More Tour.'
         As in more tournaments.  More prize money.  More television
         exposure.  More fans.  And, he is hoping, more momentum for
         the future," according to Jeff Babineau of the ORLANDO
         SENTINEL.  Ritts: "There is a buzz about what is going on
         [with the LPGA].  When you talk to corporate sponsors, when
         you talk to people on the telephone, they have a better
         sense of what we're doing."  LPGA prize money has increased
         to $30.2M, "nearly double what it was as recently" as '90. 
         The LPGA has created its own World Wide Web site at
         http://www.lpga.com, markets its own merchandising line and
         created a traveling LPGA Fan Village.  Babineau notes, for
         '97, "priorities" include increasing TV exposure,
         establishing a developmental tour, and "continuing to export
         the LPGA around the world" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 1/9).  USA
         TODAY's Jeff Blackwell writes the LPGA has signed a multi-
         year, multimillion-dollar deal with Target retail stores to
         be the sponsor of the Fan Village (USA TODAY, 1/9). 
    
    

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  • TORONTO MEDIA TAKES SHOT AT NBA EXPANSION GUIDELINES

              The NBA's treatment of expansion teams, the Raptors and
         Grizzlies, and how it differed from the NFL's, is examined
         by the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL and the TORONTO SUN.  The GLOBE
         & MAIL's Neil Campbell notes neither NBA expansion team is
         allowed to have the top pick until '99 nor a full payroll
         until next season.  Campbell writes, "As a result, the
         Grizzlies are awful," and the Raptors are a "bad basketball
         team."  Campbell: "Is there any wonder interest has
         plummeted in Toronto to the point where the team is slashing
         ticket prices?  Is it any wonder Grizzlies attendance is
         down more than 1,000 fans a game?  Is it any wonder the rest
         of Canada simply yawns when the words Raptors and Grizzlies
         are mentioned?  This was a serious miscalculation by the
         National Basketball Association. ... There is no reason the
         NBA can't take note of the remarkable expansion success
         stories in other sports and waive the draft restriction. ...
         It's time to unlock the handcuffs" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL,
         1/9).  Raptors Exec VP Isiah Thomas, on the rules: "It
         wasn't fair to us.  I would never have agreed to any of that
         stuff" (TORONTO SUN, 1/9).
              WARNING SIGNS? USA TODAY's David DuPree notes NBA
         attendance is down 1.7% from '95.  If the numbers hold, "it
         will be the first time since 1991-92 the league has not had
         an increase in attendance."  DuPree notes attendance
         "usually picks up after New Year's. .... But with so much
         criticism of sloppy play and with so many bad teams this
         season, such an increase might not follow (USA TODAY, 1/9).
    
    

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