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CHICAGO AND NASHVILLE IN ABL FOLD, IS N.Y., DALLAS NEXT?
Published April 9, 1998
ABL CEO Gary Cavalli said he hopes the league's new franchise in Chicago will average 5,000 to 6,000 fans next season, according to Steve Tucker of the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES. Cavalli made his remarks in Chicago after officially announcing the league's intention to place a franchise in the market. The team will play at the Univ. of Illinois- Chicago Pavilion, which seats 7,800. The league will also expand to Nashville next season as well (SUN-TIMES, 4/9). Cavalli said the league hopes to add two additional teams in '99-2000 and said that the "early favorites" are New York, Dallas and St. Louis (Frank Litsky, N.Y. TIMES, 4/9). USA TODAY's Valerie Lister writes that while Nashville isn't a big TV market, the league "hopes to capitalize" on the Univ. of TN's women's basketball fan base (USA TODAY, 4/9). THE JACKSON VIBE: Bulls coach Phil Jackson, on the ABL's latest entry: "It's not NBA-sponsored, so we can't root for it, I guess. I understand the ABL's the best of the leagues, actually. There have been a lot of people that talk talent that say the ABL has the strongest teams and personnel overall. The WNBA obviously has the superstars, so to speak, the marketing people" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 4/9).