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AFL IN TALKS WITH NFL: EYES COLLEGE-AREA MARKETS FOR GROWTH
Published June 24, 1998
The NFL is "negotiating to buy a stake" in the AFL, according to BLOOMBERG's Curtis Eichelberger. NFL President Neil Austrian "acknowledged" that NFL execs have met with the league, but that the AFL has "yet to bring a proposal to NFL owners." AFL Commissioner David Baker said he hopes to start a "sibling league in Canada in 2000 and a third league in Europe in 2002." The AFL "also hopes to establish regional leagues played in smaller-capacity venues near colleges -- a key market for the development of higher wage- earning NFL fans" (BLOOMBERG BUSINESS NEWS, 6/24).