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          U.S Soccer is hoping for a crowd "in excess of" 20,000
     for this Sunday's U.S. Women's team match against Germany in
     Chicago.  So far, more than 115,000 tickets have been sold
     for next year's Women's World Cup (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 6/28).
     ...St. Louis' successful bid to host the 2005 Final Four in
     the Trans World Dome was examined by Tom Wheatley in
     Sunday's ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH (6/29).  The St. Louis
     Regional Commerce & Growth Association (RCGA) predicts that
     the Final Four will generate $45.7M in direct spending for
     the local economy, including $14M at retail outlets, $11M at
     hotels, $9.5M on entertainment and $9M at restaurants and
     bars.  The RCGA says that with indirect spending factored
     in, the event's total impact "tops" $90M (ST. LOUIS POST-
     DISPATCH, 6/28)....In L.A., Steve Springer wrote that a
     "boxing revival now seems underway" in Las Vegas, with the
     Mirage and Mandalay Bay casinos planning new 12,000-15,000
     seat arenas.  Caesars Palace will hold their fights at the
     Thomas & Mack Arena "for now," allowing it to bring in the
     "high rollers" and shuttle them back to the casino to
     gamble, while "leaving the less desirable elements of the
     fight crowd ... elsewhere" (L.A. TIMES, 6/28).

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