SBD/8/Leagues Governing Bodies

LEAGUE NOTES

          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).

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