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ABL GOES TO OPRYLAND; ARE PLAYERS DIRECTING LEAGUE MOVES?
Published April 14, 1998
The ABL completed its '97-98 expansion plans by naming Nashville as its tenth franchise. The team will play its home games in the Municipal Auditorium, an 8,700-seat arena located in downtown Nashville (ABL). Nashville joins Chicago as the league's newest markets, and in Chicago, Michael Rosenberg examined the ABL's "wish list" for the next few years, including broadcast network exposure and expansion into the New York market (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 4/13). PLAYERS TAKING CONTROL? In Portland, Abby Haight criticized the league for trading "star" Natalie Williams from Portland to Long Beach, where she has family and friends, and not returning a player of like talent to the Power. Haight wrote that the ABL "has put the likes and dislikes of players ahead of building the fan support and team stability necessary for a future" (OREGONIAN, 4/12).