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Published December 18, 1997
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).