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Published September 16, 1997
CBA: CBA Commissioner Steve Patterson has "made it known" that his league "would be shifting its focus," according to Michael Arace of the HARTFORD COURANT. Arace: "The CBA wants bad students who can fill it up" (HARTFORD COURANT, 9/14). NBA Kings GM Jerry Reynolds: "It sounds like the CBA is getting pretty desperate. The league is struggling as it is, and to go get guys out of high school and pay them a lot more money than they've been paying regular players doesn't make sense" (STAR-TELEGRAM, 9/13). MLS: With "pathetic attendance figures" in Denver, K.C., Dallas, and "lately" L.A., "it all adds up to dark storm clouds on the horizon" for MLS, according to Grahame Jones on ESPN SportsZone. But Jones points to the well- attended World Cup qualifying game in Portland earlier this month and writes, "Something dramatic needs to be done. A statement needs to be made. A three-way agreement between MLS, the city of Portland and Nike would be such a statement. ... Soccer should concentrate its efforts in areas where it is strongest instead of trying to blanket the country. Portland could be a model" (SportsZone, 9/14).