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Volume 24 No. 158
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     In Boston, Frank Dell'apa calls FIFA President Joao
Havelange's "blessing" of MLS and his intention to attend the '96
opener a "great boost of confidence."  Dell'apa:  "Make no
mistake -- a professional league cannot easily function without
FIFA's support.  The MLS and FIFA are entering into a synergistic
business relationship" (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/26)....The CISL's Board
of Governors has changed the duties of Commissioner Ron Weinstein
to allow him to focus on marketing and a national TV deal
(CISL).... This Saturday, the Connecticut Sports Development
Group hosts a neutral-site NPSL game between Chicago and
Cleveland at The Centrum in Worcester, MA.  The group has applied
for a New England expansion team for '96-97 (NPSL)....In a joint
announcement, the Canadian Hockey League and the NHL outlined
details of the CHL Chrysler Cup Challenge, a game featuring 40
top junior hockey prospects to be held February 15 at Maple Leaf
gardens in Toronto (CHL/NHL)....NASCAR officials promise an
announcement of "international importance" at their annual
conference in New York on December 1.  While Texas Speedway hopes
for a spot on the '96 Winston Cup schedule, the consensus is that
'96 races will not change venues (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM,