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Three-day attendance for the Davis Cup in Washington, DC, was 22,982 as all three sessions were sell-outs (USTA). ...In Toronto, Alan Adams reported that as the NHL sets to start its season, the league has 213 players making over $1M. The Avs' Joe Sakic tops the list with a $17M salary, which includes his $15M signing bonus (TORONTO STAR, 9/20).
MLB final attendance for '97 "will show an increase of approximately" 5.6%, according to USA TODAY's Hal Bodley. Acting Commissioner Bud Selig: "We're going to have the second-biggest year in our history." In other news, Bodley notes that a possible compensation figure for teams involved in realignment could hit $10M. But Bodley adds that while MLB's realignment committee thought "compensation might be the answer" during its recent owners meetings in Atlanta, the "concept lost momentum" (USA TODAY, 9/23). BRAVES EYE 2002: The Braves are preparing a bid for the 2002 All-Star Game (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 9/23).
NFL TV Committee Chair Pat Bowlen told USA TODAY's Gordon Forbes that the league will not see a 100% increase in its next TV contract. Bowlen: "In my mind, that is unachievable. Fox paid $400 million a year the last time around, and I can't imagine Fox paying $800 million this time." Bowlen added that, in regards to the length of season and game schedule, the league will likely "stick with its present format." He also expects a new TV deal by late December, possibly earlier (USA TODAY, 9/23). TO-DO LIST: In Miami, Greg Cote offered suggestions to "improve the NFL." Among them: "Fight the corporate-cold, No Fun League rap by encouraging, not restraining, free- spiritedness;" "Tighten and enforce the salary cap so it isn't the joke it has become;" End the 72-hour blackout rule for more games on local TV; and start "Monday Night Football" at 8:00pm ET, not 9:00pm ET (MIAMI HERALD, 9/21).