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LEAGUE NOTES

          NFL:  In L.A., Bill Plaschke writes of spending time
     with 28 L.A. youngsters talking about the NFL and the open
     L.A. market.  Plaschke writes that while "many of them love
     the sport," he was hearing the "sound of future ticket and
     merchandising dollars slipping away with every year" the NFL
     is not in L.A.  Plaschke: "This is a generation that is
     being lost. ... The NFL needs Los Angeles more than Los
     Angeles needs the NFL" (L.A. TIMES, 10/17)....After NFL
     Commissioner Paul Tagliabue mentioned Houston as a possible
     expansion city, prospective Houston team Owner Robert McNair
     said, "The question now is do we have the resolve to go
     forward?" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/17). 
          MLB: Throwing out the first pitch for Game One of the
     World Series will be 21-year-old Jackie Robinson/GE Fund
     Scholar Shomari Dakatari Dailey (MLB).
          LPGA: The LPGA Tournament of Champions "pulled out" of
     South FL and will become a season-ending event.  Robert
     Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama will sponsor and host the
     event from October 8-11.  Chrysler Plymouth didn't renew as
     title sponsor after one year as host of the FL event (Fort
     Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL, 10/16). 
          LISTENING TO ASIA? Former Cowboy Preston Pearson of TX-
     based Pro-Style Associates, together with two other
     partners, "are searching for investors in a new Asia-Pacific
     Football League," according to Welch Suggs of the DALLAS
     BUSINESS JOURNAL.  The league is looking for $5.5M to begin
     play in six Pacific Rim cities.  The APFL, headquartered in
     Dallas, is scheduled to begin play in October '98, and plans
     to hold a training camp "somewhere in Texas" next summer
     (DALLAS BUSINESS JOURNAL, 10/13 issue).

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