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AS CISL FOLDS, SPECULATION CENTERS ON POSSIBLE NEW LEAGUE
Published January 5, 1998
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 Three franchises had withdrawn from the league -- Portland, OR, Houston and Dallas, since the CISL season concluded at the end of October (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 12/24).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).