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Published June 2, 1998
MLB: Interleague play returns this week and Acting Commissioner Bud Selig feels the second year will be "just as successful" as the first. Selig: "There's no doubt in my mind that it's going to do remarkably well again." Last year's interleague average attendance was 33,409, up from the regular-season average of 27,732 (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 5/31)....ESPN2's Mike Lupica, on MLB's resurgence in N.Y.: "What we're really being reminded of here is how baseball at its best still turns the biggest places into small towns. Baseball in New York feels like the main event again" ("The Mike Lupica Show," ESPN2, 6/1). OTHER NOTES: In K.C., Joe Posnanski, on the men's and women's pro tennis tours: "Women's tennis rules. It's hip. It's happening. It's now. ... Women's tennis has never been better. ... [M]en's tennis has no heart" (K.C. STAR, 5/30). ...On ESPN SportsZone, Greg Garber wrote that women's tennis "recently has been blessed with some terrific teenage athletes." Noting the recent profiles of Martina Hingis and Anna Kournikova, Garber added, "It is not terribly surprising that the sport consciously has been playing the racy card" (ESPN SportsZone, 5/28)....In Philadelphia, Timothy Dwyer wrote, "The NHL is having a bad year. ... This is the time of year when the game should be showcased the most. The NHL seems so intent on marketing the sport internationally that it is willing to sacrifice its own postseason party on bad experiments such as the Olympics. ... And it is no coincidence that the NHL teams with the most Olympic players made the quickest exit from the playoffs. It is a fitting end to a bad season. And it has to make you think that the NHL shouldn't be wondering why more people don't watch their games but -- instead -- why anyone bothers to watch them at all" (PHILA. INQUIRER, 6/1).