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SBD/19/Leagues Governing Bodies
Published January 19, 1999
The NFL has hired Muhleman Marketing's Max Muhleman to "assess" whether the L.A. market "can bear the prices two competing ... groups plan to charge" for seats if awarded the 32nd franchise. Muhleman was hired in late December (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 1/18 issue)....IHL President Doug Moss said that Victoria, British Columbia, "is set" for an expansion team "in the next couple of years," and the Las Vegas Thunder will be "moving out" of the Thomas & Mack Center to another in the city. Moss: "We have had offers to play in arenas connected to different casinos, but we don't know if we want to go that route" (CINCINNATI POST, 1/18). ...Of the 39 LPGA events returning from '98, the HealthSouth Inaugural's $550,000 purse, down from $600,000, is the only one to decrease. LPGA Commissioner Jim Ritts: "In the latter quarters of last year, the health industry ... was faced with a great deal of tumult." As a result, Ritts said that the LPGA allowed HealthSouth to reduce the purse and agreed to help them sell-off some of their advertiser inventories in the telecast (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 1/16)....The CPBL Board of Directors includes former NBA MVP Spencer Haywood, U.S. Rep. Carrie Meek (D-FL) and the N.Y. Post's Peter Vecsey. CPBL President Paul McMann: "We're not going the way of the ABL. What differentiates us from the ABL is we know what we have to do. The ABL didn't. Our league won't survive on ticket sales alone" (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/17).