SBD/5/Leagues Governing Bodies

AS CISL FOLDS, SPECULATION CENTERS ON POSSIBLE NEW LEAGUE

          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  Three franchises had withdrawn from the league --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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