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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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