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  • WOMEN'S FINAL FOUR: ATTENDANCE RECORD, COULD DATES BE MOVED?

              One idea being discussed by the NCAA women's basketball
         committee is holding their season-ending tournament a week
         or two before it currently is held, according to Doug Tucker
         of the AP.  That schedule, or a week or two later, "wouldn't
         conflict as much with the men's tournament."  Any such
         change "would be a few years away, though, and ESPN would
         have to be involved in the discussions."  ESPN holds rights
         to the event through 2002 (AP/Bergen RECORD, 3/30).
              AT THE GATE: Final attendance at the NCAA women's Final
         Four tournament in K.C. was 17,976 for both the semifinals
         and final.  This year's tournament broke the women's all-
         time record, as a total of 285,428 spectators attended all
         sessions of the tournament, topping the previous mark of
         280,494 set in '94 (AP/Bergen RECORD, 3/30).
              ON TV: Friday's NCAA women's Final Four on ESPN earned
         a 1.3 rating, down from a 1.9 last year (N.Y. TIMES, 3/31). 
         CBS Sports President Sean McManus: "It's unfortunate there
         isn't some way to provide network coverage for the women's
         championship.  Because there is a perception if you're only
         on ESPN, it can't be a major event" (USA TODAY, 3/31).
    
    

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