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          The fledgling Premiere Soccer Alliance (PSA) has added
     the former CISL Sacramento franchise, the Knights, for the
     '98 season, joining teams in Dallas, Portland and Arizona. 
     The Knights are owned by NBA Kings Owner Jim Thomas and are
     a part of his Capital Sports group.  The four teams, playing
     at the Rose Garden, Arco Arena, Reunion Arena and Veteran's
     Memorial Coliseum, will play an exhibition-type schedule in
     '98, in addition to games against All-Star teams from
     Argentina, Italy, Mexico and Brazil.  PSA President Gordon
     Jago told THE DAILY that the PSA expects to field an eight-
     to 10-team league to begin play in August '99.  He hopes to
     add three more former CISL teams to the PSA in '99, with an
     eventual goal of a 16-team league.  Jago is touting the
     PSA's business plan which does not require a franchise fee
     or a league assessment in '99.  The league will not have a
     Commissioner, and instead, each franchise owner will have
     one vote, with majority rule (THE DAILY).
          GOOOOAALLLS: Within the next week, Jago said the PSA
     hopes to announce a CEO and a partnership with an agency to
     handle all league-wide marketing and media deals.  In
     addition, the PSA is looking to land a national league-wide
     sponsor by the fall.  Jago said the PSA "is not really
     interested" in a national TV deal, but would like to develop
     a national 30-minute weekly highlight show.  Jago: "From a
     sponsorship viewpoint, it's a better bet than one or two
     games and out. ... It's something we could sell far better
     than a two-hour game."  Individual teams will be permitted
     to create their own local TV deals (THE DAILY).
          COMPETITION GOOD FOR YOU? Jago said that the PSA "will
     continue talks" about forming a partnership with the NPSL,
     the 13-team league that plays from October to March.  While
     Jago has "heard rumors" about the possibility of a re-formed
     CISL beginning play in '99, he said the PSA is moving ahead
     with its plan: "I believe there has to be one league, I
     don't think there's enough [resources] for two leagues."  In
     addition, PSA Dir of Communications Andy McNamara told THE
     DAILY that CISL player contracts will "become null and void
     after June."  McNamara said that while the PSA has had no
     contact with the CISL, they hope to reach an "out-of-court
     settlement" regarding the use of former CISL team names and
     logos.  McNamara, on the possibility of the two leagues
     joining forces: "A lot of things would have to change, but
     we'd never shut the door completely" (THE DAILY). 
          C-YA LATER? Former CISL Commissioner Ron Weinstein told
     THE DAILY that his suspended league is in the process of
     reforming and "most likely" will begin play next summer.  He
     said the league will be a solely-funded, independent
     operation consisting of NBA/NHL team owners or those who own
     or operate their own facilities.  He said talks are ongoing
     about securing a "major" cable TV deal (THE DAILY). 

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