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MORE DETAILS EMERGE ON ALL-AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE

          The All-American Football League was profiled in
     Sunday's BOSTON GLOBE by Nick Cafardo.  One of the league's
     founders, Randy Vataha of Boston-based Game Plan Inc.,
     humorously said, "In two years, we hope to put the NFL out
     of business."  The league, scheduled to start in March '98,
     will have teams in Boston, L.A., Chicago, Miami, Tampa Bay,
     Houston, Philadelphia, Detroit, Atlanta, Dallas and San
     Francisco.  Vataha "expects there to be 4-5 former NFL
     players per team" and although he "would like a TV deal," he
     said that "since investors will make their return on ticket
     sales, it's not vital."  He hopes that any TV deal will be a
     time buy.  All travel, training, salaries, stadium rents,
     etc., will be paid for by the league.  Average ticket prices
     will be around $18.50, but Vataha "expects" to have a
     package where a family of four can attend for $50.  Players
     contracts will not be guaranteed (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/2).  In
     Dallas, Rick Gosselin writes under the header, "Spring
     League May Stir Up Some Free-Agency Movement in '98." 
     Gosselin: "Obviously, the only dent the new league might
     make in the NFL's free-agency market would be its 12 marquee
     players, all quarterbacks."  A player "might want to go that
     route for a season to try to establish a more attractive
     market for himself in the NFL" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 3/2).

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