SBD/2/Leagues Governing Bodies

LEAGUE NOTES

          The state of soccer in the U.S. was examined by Marissa
     Silvera of the SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS.  U.S. Soccer
     Federation President Alan Rothenberg "hopes the public can
     show some patience" before judging the viability of the pro
     game in the U.S.: "I don't expect the public to give us 40
     years, but give us at least 10 years."  He alluded to the
     U.S. team's first win over Brazil in the Gold Cup semifinals
     last month and said, "In many ways, this year has already
     been a success for U.S. Soccer.  The only way that it's not
     successful is if we are embarrassed in Paris or something
     horrible happens in the MLS" (EXPRESS-NEWS, 3/1).
          NUVEEN TOUR SANS CONNORS? The prospects of the Nuveen
     Tour without founding member Jimmy Connors was examined by
     Meri-Jo Borzilleri of the MIAMI HERALD.  Connors said
     recently that he may have lost some desire to continue
     playing.  Tour co-Founder Ray Benton said without Connors,
     "the tour might put more emphasis on its international
     market."  Benton has had discussions with Boris Becker,
     Stefan Edberg and Mats Wilander about joining when they turn
     35.  Citibank, which is an event sponsor, said it will
     continue backing the Tour.  Citibank President & CEO Frits
     Seegers: "We believe big-time in the concept.  And the
     concept is bigger than one player" (MIAMI HERALD, 3/1).

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