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NPSL LOOKS TO ADD TEAMS; DO THE BENSON BOOGIE, IHL STYLE?
Published November 20, 1997
NPSL Commissioner Steve Paxos said that the soccer league, which "took two hits in the summer" when the Toronto and Tampa Bay franchises ceased, will "rebound by next season," according to Dennis Manolloff of the Cleveland PLAIN-DEALER. Paxos: "I foresee us being back to 15-18 teams." Although Paxos declined to name candidates, Manolloff wrote that Paxos "would love to get back" to Chicago, and San Diego is an area "that might materialize." Paxos is "upbeat" about the NPSL's 13-team league: "I'm the most optimistic I've been about this league since I became commissioner. I think the league is very healthy right now. ... There are some prospects for a national TV deal starting after the first of the year" (PLAIN-DEALER, 11/19). BOOGIE NIGHTS IN IHL: Saints Owner Tom Benson wants to bring an IHL team to New Orleans. IHL officials said Wednesday that the league had received an application from Benson, along with a $500,000 deposit. It's Benson's "intention to put the team in New Orleans' new downtown arena, scheduled to be completed in time for the 1999-2000 season." IHL Commissioner Robert Ufer said the league "is absolutely and unequivocally committed to bringing a team" to New Orleans (AP/ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 11/20).