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Published January 6, 1998
In Philadelphia, DAILY NEWS sports editor Debbie Woodell contributes an op-ed in the DAILY NEWS and writes, "[S]avvy business people in the basketball business are recognizing the importance of including lesbians among their growing legion of fans." Woodell notes that the ABL Rage other teams in the league have taken out ads in gay publications. Woodell: "Frankly, we're not excited about being courted because it helps us promote some lesbian 'agenda.' No, this is something more simple. It's merely nice to be wanted. So far, I haven't felt that sense of welcome being extended by the more powerful, more deeply pocketed Women's NBA. ... Nor has such hospitality emerged from the college ranks" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 1/6). FIGURE SKATING: With the U.S. National Figure Skating Championships in Philadelphia this week, the sport's popularity is profiled by Jere Longman of the N.Y. TIMES. The rivalry between Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan took figure skating "from sport to soap opera and [launched] it like a triple axel into popular culture. The result was a larger male audience and television ratings that began to challenge the supremacy of professional football." There were reports, denied by Fox, that the network tried to arrange a Harding-Kerrigan rematch (N.Y. TIMES, 1/6).