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              The CISL has ceased operations after five years.  The
         indoor soccer league had eight franchises at the time it
         suspended play.  CISL Commissioner/Founder Ron Weinstein:
         "The remaining owners and myself still firmly believe that
         the CISL's concept of indoor soccer and the business
         approach that our league attempted to take gave the sport
         its best-ever opportunity for fiscal success. 
         Unfortunately, some of our former owners chose to deviate
         from that path and it unfairly impacted on the other owners"
         (CISL).  Three franchises had withdrawn from the league --
         Portland, OR, Houston and Dallas, since the CISL season
         concluded at the end of October (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 12/24). 
              KICKING THOUGHTS AROUND: In Houston, Joseph Durate
         wrote the former ownership group of the former CISL Houston
         Hotshots said "it has not been contacted about joining the
         newly formed Premier Soccer Alliance."  A "current" plan has
         "a new league forming in time to begin play next summer,
         involving eight teams ... and consisting of few of the
         existing markets that were once CISL-operated."  Portland
         Professional Soccer President Bill Lavelle said that the new
         league could change its name to "something other than
         Premier Soccer Alliance, possibly a sponsorship name such as
         the rumored Nike-sponsored league" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE,
         12/24).  In K.C., Bob Luder wrote the NPSL could absorb some
         of the CISL teams or its talent.  NPSL Commissioner Steve
         Paxos: "There's a good possibility" (K.C. STAR, 1/3). 

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              With the "possibility that a protesting Bud Selig would
         accept a draft and agree to remain as full-time
         commissioner, the committee searching for a replacement is
         close to making a final recommendation," according to Ross
         Newhan of the L.A. TIMES.  Rockies Chair Jerry McMorris,
         head of the search committee: "I'm hopeful we'll have this
         all resolved and behind us in the next 60 days."  Sources
         told Newhan that "a group of small-market owners continue to
         lobby" on Selig's behalf, hoping to persuade him to remain. 
         McMorris: "I understand there's a group working to draft Bud
         ... but he continues to tell me he's not a candidate." 
         Newhan: "The impression is that Selig is being pulled in
         several directions.  There are [MLB COO Paul] Beeston and a
         group of small-market owners urging him to move to New York
         as commissioner.  There are his Brewer partners urging him
         to stay in Milwaukee. ... There's also the possibility of a
         fight if Selig accedes to a draft" (L.A. TIMES, 12/20). 
              NEW NAME: In his Sunday column, Peter Gammons called 
         President Clinton's Senior Policy Advisor Bruce Reid the
         "perfect candidate" for MLB's top spot: "Reid is brilliant,
         he is purposeful, he knows people."  Gammons also suggested
         an MLB "governing body to accompany Reid" consisting of
         eight owners, MLBPA Exec Dir Don Fehr, two players elected
         annually, Beeston, one TV network exec, one elected GM and
         "if they really want vision, Sandy Alderson."  Gammons also
         advised naming an MLB Attorney General to "dismantle the
         pitiable league office system" (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/4).
              ANOTHER CITY, NOT MY OWN: In Toronto, Richard Griffin
         wrote, "By the year 2002, the World Series will be played as
         part of a weeklong baseball festival at a neutral site. 
         According to sources, major-league owners have already begun
         serious, if somewhat preliminary, discussions on this
         radical concept" (TORONTO STAR, 12/31).
              TAX DAY: Five teams will have to pay a luxury tax by
         January 31, as figures from the Players Relations Committee
         show which teams have to pay the tax assessed at a rate of
         35% on any payroll amount over $55.587M.  The Yankees will
         have to pay the most, $4.438M on a $68.267M payroll,
         followed by the Orioles at $4.033M ($67.111M), the Indians
         at $2.072M ($61.508M), the Braves at $1.306M ($59.096M) and
         the Marlins at $153,046 ($56.024M).  The total tax on the
         five teams was $12.004M.  The first $10M of the luxury tax
         goes to "fund the shortfall in revenue sharing."  The
         remaining money will be divided among the five AL clubs with
         the lowest net local revenue in '96 (N.Y. TIMES, 12/25). 

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              The WTA Tour officially named Ric Clarson as its new
         CEO.  Clarson, who was the PGA Tour's VP/Tournament Business
         Affairs, will begin his four-year term this month (WTA
         Tour).  In a teleconference with the media, Clarson noted
         some "boiler plate issues" facing the Tour: "Certainly, the
         umbrella sponsorship resell is first and foremost.  We need
         to take a look at the joint event concept that the ATP Tour
         has been pushing forth with.  Internal operations needs a
         review.  And, by the end of the year, hopefully, we are
         going to have a strategic plan for stability and growth for
         the years going forward."  Clarson added that he was
         interested in the Exec Dir position last spring, and talked
         to the Tour board about the opening: "I think they decided
         they were looking for more of an insider.  [But] when they
         were not able to agree on anyone, I was recontacted and
         looked at it again" (WTA Tour).  Clarson's new position will
         pay him $250,000 annually (Robin Finn, N.Y. TIMES, 12/20). 

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              WOMEN'S SPORTS: An ABL record crowd of 15,213 attended
         the Xplosion-Blizzard game at the Hartford Civic Center on
         Saturday.  The previous ABL record crowd was 12,623 at the
         Civic Center for the Blizzard's season opener against the
         Glory in October (HARTFORD COURANT, 1/4)....Also on
         Saturday, 24,597 watched in Knoxville, TN, as the Univ of TN
         beat the Univ. of CT.  It was the largest crowd ever to see
         a women's college game, topping the old mark of 24,563 set
         in '87 when TN hosted TX (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/4). 
              NFL: Commissioner Paul Tagliabue contributed an op-ed
         in Sunday's N.Y. TIMES on the league's goal of "sound equal
         employment policies."  Tagliabue: "All of us in football --
         professional and college -- must do better in identifying
         top coaching talent from a diverse, growing pool, including
         African-Americans and those from other minority groups."  He
         challenged NFL owners and collegiate execs to "be innovative
         in their approaches to finding and developing coaching
         talent" (Paul Tagliabue, N.Y. TIMES, 1/4).

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