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  • LEAGUE NOTES

              NFL: The league announced that its attendance for the
         first quarter of the '97 season has increased almost 2,000
         fans per game over '96.  Paid attendance for the first 56
         games has averaged 62,287 per game compared to 60,462 last
         year (NFL)....Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones, on the NFL's TV
         Committee, says revenues from the next NFL TV contract
         "could double to more than" $8B over four seasons.  Jones:
         "It wouldn't surprise me if it's in excess of 100%" (USA
         TODAY, 9/25)....NFLPA Exec Dir Gene Upshaw's employment
         contracts from the union and Players Inc. will pay him
         $11.2M over seven years (Mult., 9/24).  In Denver, Broncos
         DL Alfred Williams: "I don't know why I'm banging my body up
         if I can be become an NFL executive.  I'm doing the wrong
         thing" (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 9/25).
              GENERAL:  The CISL and the NPSL have agreed to
         interleague player loans that would permit indoor players to
         play both seasons, June-October for the CISL and November-
         April for the NPSL (CISL). 
    
    

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  • MLB NEWS & NOTES: WILD CARD COULD BE OUT UNDER REALIGNMENT

              MLB "will eliminate wild-card teams for the playoffs if
         the leading realignment plan is approved," according to Hal
         Bodley of USA TODAY.  The NL would have four four-team
         divisions, putting its four champions in the playoffs.  The
         AL format "is being debated, but the likely structure is two
         seven-team divisions" with the two division winners and two
         runners-up making the playoffs (USA TODAY, 9/26).
              WHAT ABOUT BOB? PART II: In THE SPORTING NEWS, Bob
         Costas writes his second installment on MLB, offering
         thoughts on realignment, interleague play, the DH and the
         future of MLB.  Costas: "Baseball's revenues and fan base
         are massive.  That is not to say each could not be improved. 
         It is to say they are more than sufficient for the game to
         survive if its salary structure and revenue distribution
         made any sense" (THE SPORTING NEWS, 9/29 issue).
    
    

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  • WNBA IN DC AND DETROIT: THE SORCERESSES AND ....

              The WNBA plans to announce next Wednesday that
         Washington and Detroit have been chosen as expansion cities,
         according to Amy Shipley of the WASHINGTON POST.  However,
         both markets "must get 3,000 season ticket commitments,
         negotiate" local TV and radio deals and allocate $250,000 to
         promotional activities by November 3 "to have a chance to
         join the current eight-team league by next summer."  League
         sources said that WNBA President Val Ackerman is leaning
         toward assigning former ABL player Nikki McCray to
         Washington if it wins a franchise.  A league source told
         Shipley that Orlando, "long believed" to be an expansion
         choice, "was never a leading candidate" (WASHINGTON POST,
         9/26).  In Detroit, Howes & McCosky report that GM, the
         WNBA's official automotive sponsor, will be a "key sponsor"
         of the Detroit franchise and "helped cement the WNBA's
         decision to award a team to Detroit" (DETROIT NEWS, 9/26).
    
    

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