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DISCOVERY CHANNEL FOUNDER OPTS OUT OF WOMEN'S SOCCER LEAGUE

          Application for a first-division women's pro league "is
     being dropped by the National Soccer Alliance [NSA] after
     withdrawal of its primary investor," Discover Channel CEO 
     John Hendricks, according to Jerry Langdon of USA TODAY.  The
     NSA "hoped" to start in '98 then seek sanctioning for 2000. 
     But Langdon reports that the NSA was "opposed by many within
     U.S. Soccer because they feared it would detract" from the
     '99 Women's World Cup.  NSA Exec Jen Rottenberg: "It's
     unfortunate but we don't have the financial support to keep
     an organization going" (USA TODAY, 12/8).

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