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  • BODY (AND LEAGUE) BY JAKE: MLL KEEPS NORTHEAST FLAVOR

              Major League Lacrosse (MLL) announced yesterday that
         its six franchises will be based in Baltimore, 
         Philadelphia, Fairfield County, CT, Washington, DC, Long
         Island and Rochester, NY, according to USA TODAY's Eddie
         Timanus.  The MLL is set to start next summer, and league
         Founder Jake Steinfeld said, "We're still working out the
         venues.  We're looking for intimate stadiums that seat
         between 5,000 and 12,000" (USA TODAY, 11/3).
    
    

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  • NHL OK'S NOLAN DEAL, BUT FILES GRIEVANCE OVER LOCKOUT CLAUSE

              In a letter sent to Sharks RW Owen Nolan and forwarded
         to every NHL GM, NHL Exec VP & CLO Bill Daly said the league
         "would grieve a clause" in Nolan's "controversial" five-
         year, $30M contract that gives him the "right to guarantee
         the sixth and club option year" if there is a work stoppage
         during the '04-05 NHL season, according to Eric Duhatschek
         of the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL.  The clause "in question" does
         not mean Nolan would be paid during a work stoppage, but the
         club option on the final year becomes "a player option as
         well."  Because the NHL dismissed arbitrator Lawrence Holden
         in September, Daly did not "establish a time frame" for the
         grievance process (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 11/3).  CBS
         SportsLine's Keith Gave wrote that Nolan's contract "stands
         as negotiated" but the NHL will "challenge any future deals"
         with a similar clause (CBS SportsLine, 11/2). In San Jose,
         Victor Chi writes, "It is unclear exactly what the NHL's
         grievance will seek in terms of action.  Will it
         specifically look to overturn the clause in Nolan's
         contract?  That could be tricky because the NHL has approved
         the contract, which would, in essence, leave the league to
         argue against itself. ... Will the league simply look to
         establish a concrete precedence to prevent any other player
         from receiving the Nolan clause?" (MERCURY NEWS, 11/3).  In
         Toronto, Alan Adams writes the NHL "does not want other
         players to request the same language in their contracts
         because it would take the sting out of a lockout" (NATIONAL
         POST, 11/3).  Sharks President Greg Jamison received a call
         from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Daly on Wednesday
         asking Jamison to "clarify the clause," which he believes he
         did "to the league's satisfaction."  Sharks GM Dean Lombardi
         said that the NHL wanted to "make sure" that Nolan would not
         be paid during a work stoppage (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 11/2).
              BRYDEN SAYS NOT IN OUR HOUSE: Senators Chair Rod Bryden
         said that there will not be a lockout protection clause in
         any contract signed with his team.  Bryden: "Forget whatever
         (the league) says.  There won't be any (lockout) clauses in
         any one of our contracts" (OTTAWA SUN, 11/3).
    
    

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  • POOK-A-BOO, WE SEE YOU? ESPN SAYS CART CLOSE ON NEW CEO

              Toyota Grand Prix Exec Dir Chris Pook could be named
         CART's next CEO shortly, replacing Bobby Rahal, according to
         ESPN2's Robin Miller.  Miller, on Pook: "I think he's the
         man.  I talked to Bobby Rahal yesterday, I talked to Pook
         this morning, they're very non-committal, but I know this,
         the owners that were at [a recent] presentation said it was
         pretty dazzling, which you would expect.  This guy knows the
         ins and outs of this business. ... He's got enough
         connections and enough clout and enough class and enough
         sass to run this thing.  Now, [is CART] smart enough to hire
         him?"  Miller said CART's decision comes down to between
         Pook and an exec "in the entertainment business."  Miller:
         "[Pook] would be good for open-wheel racing because I think
         [he] would try and get [open-wheel racing] back together
         with Tony George [and the IRL]" ("RPM 2Night," ESPN2, 11/2).
    
    

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  • WNBA ENDS FOUR GAME GRASS-ROOTS TOUR DOWN ON THE BAYOU

              The final stop of the four-game WNBA On Tour was played
         in front of 6,275 "enthusiastic" fans at New Orleans Arena
         on Wednesday, according to Sheila Mulrooney Eldred of the
         New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, who reported that the attendance
         was the smallest of the tour, despite one team being
         "dominated by Louisiana players" (TIMES-PICAYUNE, 11/2). 
         The WNBA On Tour averaged 6,731 fans per game with stops in
         Des Moines, St. Louis and Little Rock (USA TODAY, 11/2).  
              HOOPS ON THE BAYOU: Meanwhile, WNBA President Val
         Ackerman said that New Orleans has "more than its share" of
         WNBA fans: "We tracked TV ratings, and in New Orleans this
         year they pulled in an NBC local market rating of 2.1, which
         beats the national average (of 1.4)."  In addition, an NBA
         exhibition game between the Hornets-Lakers on October 11
         drew a "near sellout crowd" (N.O. TIMES-PICAYUNE, 11/1). 
    
    

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  • WUSA "ON COURSE" WITH UNVEILING OF NAMES, LOGOS, STADIUMS

              The WUSA has "moved slowly" since its formation in
         February, but with Monday's foreign player draft and
         yesterday's unveiling of the eight team names, logos and
         stadiums, the league "appears on course for its mid-April
         launch," according to Brian Straus of the WASHINGTON POST. 
         The Washington Freedom, which will play and house its
         corporate offices at RFK Stadium, as well as the Boston
         Breakers and Bay Area CyberRays, will play in MLS stadiums. 
         The Carolina Tempest, Philadelphia Charge, San Diego Spirit
         and Atlanta Beat, all cities where there are no MLS teams,
         will play on college campuses.  The N.Y. Power will play at
         Mitchell Athletic Complex on Long Island.  While the WUSA is
         "anticipating" 7,000 fans a game, Freedom Owner-Investor
         John Hendricks said, "We investigated a lot of stadium
         opportunities.  There wasn't that ideal stadium for 8,000 to
         12,000 that could be upgraded, and when we got Mia [Hamm] in
         the allocation our focus changed a bit because she is such a
         draw.  I think long term we would be looking at developing a
         more intimate soccer-specific facility."  Hendricks added
         that the team "already is working on formulating ticket
         plans" that will include an offer of up to two free season
         tickets to children six and under with the purchase of an
         adult season ticket (WASHINGTON POST, 11/3). In N.Y., George
         Vecsey reports that the WUSA "plans average salaries" of
         $40,000 and a salary cap of $800,000 per team.  Ticket
         prices will be about $12-15 (N.Y. TIMES, 11/3)....Time
         Warner Cable is an investor in the league, and company VP
         Jerome Ramsey said while ticket prices have not been
         finalized, "this is a family game and we want to make sure
         they can have a Coke and a hot dog and enjoy themselves." 
         On Long Island, Laura Price-Brown reports that the "top
         ticket price is estimated" at $12.50 (NEWSDAY, 11/3).  
              AROUND THE LEAGUE: While the Breakers "could wind up
         sharing" Foxboro Stadium with the Revolution, team GM Joe
         Cummings has "suggested utilizing a group of stadiums in the
         Breakers' first year in an effort to showcase the team
         throughout the region" (HARTFORD COURANT, 11/3).  In Boston,
         Gus Martins reports that where the Breakers will play has
         "yet to be announced," but it "appears the team could play
         at Tufts and occasionally -- in doubleheaders" with the
         Revolution at Foxboro.  The name Breakers was also the
         nickname of Boston's USFL team of the early '80s (BOSTON
         HERALD, 11/3)....Spirit Owner Cox Communications pledged
         $2.5M to expand the Univ. of SD's Torero Stadium over the
         next two years.  By April, the stadium's capacity will be
         increased from 3,000 to about 6,000.  For the second season,
         the "tentative plan" is to install 2,000 more seats (SAN
         DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 11/3)....Terry Smith, who designed the
         CyberRays' logo, a "head-on view of a purple and black ray
         clutching" a soccer ball, said, "I wanted to come up with a
         powerful mark.  Even though the CyberRays will play in a
         women's sports league, I didn't want something perceived as
         feminine.  I wanted it to appeal to men and women, boys and
         girls" (CONTRA COSTA TIMES, 11/3)....In Raleigh, Robert
         Alfonso writes that while the arrival of the Tempest is
         "viewed as good news for soccer fans, it is bad news" for
         the W-League champion Raleigh Wings, which are "expected to
         either move or fold today as the semi-pro league and its
         teams adjust" to the WUSA (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 11/3).  
          
    

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