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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).
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).