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Published June 8, 1998
BASEBALL: USA TODAY reports that interleague play continued to draw well, as attendance through "all but one game" this weekend averaged 34,459, up from the regular season average of 26,568 (USA TODAY, 6/8)....In DC, Mark Maske examined the prospects of an international baseball tournament and reported that "sources close to the situation say that if there is an event in the fall of 1999, it likely would be a scaled-down invitational tournament rather than a full-scale World Cup" (WASHINGTON POST, 6/7)....In Boston, Peter Gammons, on the Mets trade for Hideo Nomo: "At a time when the NBA is flying its star back and forth between Chicago and Salt Lake City in his last final hurrah before its lockout/strike and no more than 11 people in Fairfax County know who's in the Stanley Cup finals, baseball's renaissance fair has moved to Broadway (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/7). ...ESPN's Mike Lupica, on AL President Gene Budig's suspension of players and managers after the Angles-Royals melee: "To me, he has acted more like a commissioner lately than any commissioner that we have. He sent a powerful message by going after the managers here" ("The Sports Reporters," ESPN, 6/7)....In N.Y., Iver Peterson examined minor league baseball's move "into the teeming suburbs of metropolitan New York. The "sudden interest" in minor league ball is attributed to a "robust economy, the bargain basement admission prices and easy access. Above all, they credit the mood of baby boomers" looking for family-oriented entertainment (N.Y. TIMES, 6/6). RACING: NASCAR's Pontiac Excitement 400 drew the largest crowd to witness a sporting event in VA, as 103,000 fans attended the Richmond Int'l Raceway (TIMES-DISPATCH, 6/7)....Three-day attendance for CART's ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix was "down slightly from last season," drawing 146,135 compared to 157,542. Sunday's Grand Prix drew 64,458, about 3,000 over last year (DETROIT NEWS, 6/8).