Devils Slip To 27th In Attendance Big Season For MLS Arrives Jets Hire Ian Lasher; Brian Matthews Joins NFL Bills Raise Season-Ticket Prices MLB Happy With Early Replay Results League Notes Could MLB Labor Tension Jeopardize WBC? Could Bills' Toronto Series Be Shelved For Good? Questions Arise On Soldier Field Expansion Lions' Suh Could Negotiate Own Contract
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Published May 1, 1998
In Chicago, George Lazarus reports that the city could host back-to-back '99 WTA and Nuveen Tour tennis events. The WTA Tour has dropped its '98 Chicago stop, but IMG Senior VP Gary Swain has asked the Tour to "secure a summer date, preferably in July or August, beginning in 1999," and hold a senior Nuveen Tour event the week after. The event would be held downtown, with the city putting up grandstand seating holding 4,000 to 5,000 (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 5/1). NFL: In N.Y., Phil Mushnick reports the NFL won a cease and desist agreement from NY-based handicapper Stu Feiner over an ad campaign in which Feiner claimed that former NFL coach Bum Phillips would offer inside gambling information that he received from his son Wade, then an NFL assistant coach with the Bills. Feiner must pay a $50,000 settlement fee to the NFL and take out ads in 30 publications saying he never had any inside information from former or current NFL personnel (N.Y. POST, 5/1)....Despite being the defending champion, Ravens QB Vinny Testaverde will not participate in the Foot Locker NFL QB Challenge this weekend in FL. He will be replaced by new Ravens QB Jim Harbaugh. Testaverde's agent, Michael Azzarelli, said that CBS, which will air the event in August, made the decision on Testaverde because "his future is in doubt." But NFLP Dir of Corporate Communications Chris Widmaier said that Harbaugh "is projected as the starter and we only take the starting quarterback" (Baltimore SUN, 5/1). OTHER NOTES: In Canada, Reform Party Leader Preston Manning has called for "tax cuts" for NHL teams (CALGARY SUN, 5/1)....The Women's Pro Fastpitch softball league unveiled a new logo, opting for a "bolder, cleaner" look though keeping its red and blue color schemes. The CO-based league will begin its second season on May 29 with games in Hampton, VA, Tampa Bay, FL, and Charlotte, NC. The league will play a 66-game season in six cities (WPF).