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  • LEAGUE NOTES

              MULT: The AVP Tour, which was not included in THE
         DAILY's '96 version of "The Body Count" last week, drew
         151,039 during its '96 season (THE DAILY)....U.S. Soccer
         delayed action over the weekend on a proposed new women's
         league, "saying it needed more information from the National
         Soccer Alliance."  U.S. Soccer's Burton Haimes said that he
         was "hopeful of a meeting in the next two weeks with NSA
         representatives."  Meanwhile, NSA Exec Jen Rottenberg said
         that the primary investor in the women's league is Discovery
         Communications Founder & CEO John Hendricks (USA TODAY,
         10/6)....The IRL has added three races to its '98 schedule,
         bringing the total number of races to 11 with a season-
         opener on January 24 at Walt Disney World (IRL).
              WNBA: Just three days after being designated for a WNBA
         franchise, Detroit has sold more than 1,000 season tickets,
         which equals a third of the league requirement of 3,000 sold
         by November 10 (DETROIT NEWS, 10/7).  A WNBA touring team
         will be in Europe this Sunday and Tuesday for two games --
         one in Bonn, Germany, and the other in Como, Italy.  The
         trip concludes with exhibition activities in Paris around
         the McDonald's Championships (WNBA).
    
    

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  • ST. LOUIS CASE TO BEGIN AS JURY SELECTION COMPLETED

              The antitrust suit by the St. Louis Convention and
         Visitors Commission against the NFL is "set to begin today
         after 12 jurors were quickly picked Monday from a block of
         116," according to William Lhotka of the ST. LOUIS POST-
         DISPATCH.  NFL Senior VP/Communications Joe Browne: "Do we
         have concerns?  Some of the prospective jurors said they
         didn't think we could get a fair trial.  But the ones who
         were picked said they could be fair and impartial."  Lhotka
         reports that "most of the jurors said they had heard news
         reports" that the Rams paid a $29M relocation fee to the NFL
         when they moved to St. Louis, "one of the major issues in
         the case" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 10/7).  The Convention
         and Visitors Commission offered to drop its lawsuit in
         exchange for a Super Bowl and $50-100M, according to sources
         of both sides cited by Josh Gotthelf of the ST. LOUIS
         BUSINESS JOURNAL.  The offer was made about three weeks ago
         and the NFL refused to offer a Super Bowl as settlement. 
         Gotthelf adds that while the relocation fee was the "last
         straw," the "main allegation in the suit is that the NFL
         didn't allow St. Louis to court" a football team in "a free
         market system" (BUSINESS JOURNAL, 10/6).
              GET SHORTY: USA TODAY's Gordon Forbes reports that NFL
         owners will discuss shortening the preseason at its fall
         meetings in Washington, DC, next week.  One plan advocates
         shortening the preseason to four weeks, instead of the
         current five, and has the league considering "booking its
         own schedule," not the teams, "to equalize preseason
         revenues" (USA TODAY, 10/7).
    
    

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