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  • DID DC AND DETROIT PASS THAT STRICT WNBA TICKET TEST?

              Washington Sports & Entertainment has sold 5,268 WNBA
         season tickets, which tops the league-imposed ticket goal of
         3,000 in order to qualify for a team.  The NBA Board of
         Governors meeting next week will officially decide whether
         to award Washington and Detroit with WNBA expansion
         franchises for the '98 season (WSE).  In DC, Amy Shipley
         reports that Washington Sports has also "secured the
         requisite" local TV and radio deals, with Home Team Sports
         and WRC-AM, respectively.  They have also "committed
         $250,000 to promotional activities" (WASHINGTON POST, 11/7).
              MOTOWN LOVES ITS HOOPS: In Detroit, Vartan Kupelian
         writes that the Pistons will announce that they have sold
         the required 3,000 season tickets.  Pistons President Tom
         Wilson said that the TV and radio deals "are not complete
         but progress is being made" (DETROIT NEWS, 11/7).
    
    

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  • LEAGUE NOTES

              The payrolls of each NBA team were listed in the Newark
         STAR-LEDGER by Dave D'Allesandro.  The top three, in
         millions: Bulls, $61.87M; Knicks $53.70M; Magic, $42.48M
         (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 11/6)....The impact of the NHL's six
         "prominent" unsigned Group II free agents on the early part
         of the league's season is examined by SI's Michael Farber. 
         Fox/MSG hockey analyst John Davidson: "I understand
         business, but the [1994-95] lockout beat us up, and I'd put
         these players' being out only a little behind that" (SPORTS
         ILLUSTRATED, 11/10 issue)....The Corel WTA Tour's Kremlin
         Cup in Moscow will increase its '98 prize money to over
         US$1M, making it the eight WTA Tour event to top the million
         dollar mark in prize money. This year's Cup set an
         attendance record with 59,397 for the week, more than triple
         its previous best of 17,000 (Corel WTA Tour). 
    
    

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  • MCMORRIS SAYS COMMISSIONER SEARCH NEARING THE FINAL TURN

              Acting MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said yesterday that
         "achieving Phase I of realignment doesn't mean he plans to
         step down" from his post, according to Tom Haudricourt of
         the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL.  Selig made the formal
         announcement that the Brewers will shift from the AL to the
         NL for the '98 season, but said that the "latest development
         would not prompt him to step aside any earlier than
         originally planned."  Selig: "This doesn't change any of
         that.  There is a commissioner search committee.  [Rockies
         Chair] Jerry McMorris is the chairman.  He and I have been
         spending a lot of time on it" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL,
         11/7).  McMorris told USA TODAY's Hal Bodley that he hopes
         to have a commissioner recommendation for the Exec Council
         by the end of this month.  McMorris said a list of 12
         candidates a month ago is down to 5, including NL President
         Len Coleman and Selig (USA TODAY, 11/7). 
    
    

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  • TAGLIABUE TESTIFIES OVER TWO DAYS IN ST. LOUIS CASE

              NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue testified Tuesday and
         Wednesday in the St. Louis Convention and Visitors
         Commission's (CVC) $130M antitrust lawsuit against the NFL. 
         On Tuesday, Tagliabue said that neither he nor league
         officials had any meetings with the commission, "nor played
         any role in terms the Rams and the commission ultimately
         reached" regarding the team's relocation fee from Anaheim. 
         Tagliabue said he only dealt with Rams President John Shaw
         in negotiating a $29M relocation fee.  Tagliabue added that
         he "wrote" the league's nine relocation guidelines and
         "conceded that the rule requiring three-fourths approval of
         league owners for a team to move could be construed as a
         restraint of trade" (POST-DISPATCH, 11/5).  Under cross
         examination on Wednesday, Tagliabue said that the $20M the
         CVC paid to get the Rams went to "low-income" NFL teams to
         pay their bills, according to William Lhotka of the ST.
         LOUIS POST-DISPATCH.  Tagliabue was "questioned for several
         hours" by CVC attorney Alan Popkin, "who was trying to show
         the jury that the NFL's fee assessments were arbitrary and
         part of a pattern of restraint of trade."  The trial is
         expected to resume on Monday (POST-DISPATCH, 11/6).
    
    

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