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NFL SENDS ITS LEGAL BILLS TO ST. LOUIS COMMISSION

          The NFL has asked the St. Louis Convention and Visitors
     Commission (CVC) to pay $527,474 as the league's cost of
     defending itself against the CVC's antitrust suit, according
     to Tim Bryant of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH.  As the winner
     in the suit, the league is "entitled to recover its costs of
     defending the case."  The bill does not include attorneys
     fees.  Among the expenses was $228,000 paid to MA-based
     consultant Franklin Fisher, who billed himself at $800-an-
     hour, and "outlined the NFL's defense" against the CVC. The
     league is asking the CVC to pay for computer rentals,
     copying expenses and issuing subpoenas and court summonses. 
     The CVC "may dispute" the figures (POST-DISPATCH, 11/27).
          L.A. STORY: Columnist Randy Harvey called on City
     Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas to give up his bid to bring
     the NFL back to the Coliseum and instead "support the Dodger
     Stadium area."  Harvey said the Coliseum plan included "too
     many obstacles" and "most discouraging is that NFL officials
     have little enthusiasm for" the site (L.A. TIMES, 11/26).
          NOTES: The NFL's female fan-base was examined by David
     Adams of the AKRON BEACON JOURNAL.  While "still dominated
     by men," females represent 43% of the NFL's fan base now --
     up from 33% in '90 (BEACON JOURNAL, 11/28)....Cowboys Owner
     Jerry Jones said the league is looking at "upwards" of a
     $10M increase in its '98 salary cap, boosted by a new TV
     deal.  The '97 cap is $41.45M (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 11/27).

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