SBD/1/Leagues Governing Bodies

WITH TURNER/NBC LEAGUE ON HORIZON, AAFL "HOLDING LAUNCH"

          Following last week's announcement of a proposed NBC/
     Turner Sports pro football league, MA-based attorney Bob
     Caporale and his partner, Randy Vataha, "are not revving up
     the engines for their proposed All-American Football League,
     which had been slated to start next spring," according to
     Will McDonough of the BOSTON GLOBE.  Caporale: "We are
     holding the launch.  We want to find out for sure what this
     juggernaut is going to do before we reconsider what we want
     to do."  Caporale added: "Going up against the NFL is tough. 
     ... I don't know how much [NBC and Turner] have thought it
     through.  One of the big problems is going to be finding
     stadiums to play in" (Will McDonough, BOSTON GLOBE, 5/30).
          HERE'S ONE: Mark Williams, GM of the Metropolitan
     Exposition-Recreation Commission in Portland, OR, which
     operates the city's Civic Stadium, on the NBC/Turner league:
     "We would be happy to be a part of it" (OREGONIAN, 5/29).
          NATIONAL REAX: Steelers President Dan Rooney, on the
     proposed new league: "It's their business; I don't know how
     successful it will be. ... But I guess in America everybody
     has the right to do what they want to do" (PITTSBURGH POST-
     GAZETTE, 5/29)   In Philadelphia, Bill Lyon wrote that the
     plan "smacks of sheer spite" and is a reflection of "the
     sorry state of sports: Television can now order up an entire
     league as casually as it creates yet another new and
     brainless sitcom" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 5/30).  On L.I.,
     Bob Glauber: "[J]ust two quick questions: Who's going to
     play, and who's going to watch?" (NEWSDAY, 5/31).  In San
     Jose, Mark Purdy wrote the "hardest task" for NBC and Turner
     "will not" be getting decent ratings, "but finding the
     cities and stadiums where the teams can play in front of a
     decent-size 'studio audience'" (MERCURY NEWS, 5/31).   
          COULD IT WORK? In Richmond, Paul Woody said with a GE
     and Time Warner league, "the NFL is in for the most serious
     challenge in its history" (TIMES-DISPATCH, 5/31).  In
     Jacksonville, Gene Frenette questioned going up against the
     NFL in the fall: "Give football-starved America a different
     look, but do it in the spring and do it with some fiscal
     responsibility" (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 5/31).  In Toronto,
     Garth Woolsey said the net's would need "only minimum
     ratings" to "make the league fly" (TORONTO STAR, 6/1).  

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