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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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