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Published October 17, 1997
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).