SBD/18/Leagues Governing Bodies

LEAGUE NOTES

          In St. Paul, Charley Walters writes the "latest word"
     is the NFL "will try to assist" Vikings President Roger
     Headrick "in acquiring financing" to become the team's 30%
     managing partner (PIONEER PRESS, 12/18)....The ABL opened
     its locker room doors to reporters 20 minutes before and
     after games from December 8-15 on a trial basis.  The league
     will ask "for feedback" and is "expected to decide on a
     policy this week."  The league has kept its doors closed to
     the media and players are interviewed in separate rooms. ABL
     Dir of Media Relations Dean Jutilla: "Most of the feedback
     has been positive for keeping them closed" (HARTFORD
     COURANT, 12/18).  In other ABL news, Dwight Chapin wrote
     that with ABL attendance up 20% and the quality of play
     "markedly improved," it "seems to be very much in the game
     against the big-bucks WNBA" (S.F. EXAMINER, 12/17).

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