In Dallas, Ken Daley notes "underneath that thin crust of
success stories" in baseball -- those players getting big free-
agent contracts -- "is a steep drop to the next tiers of players"
(DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 12/20)....In Philadelphia, Jayson Stark
notes only 35-40 MLB players are free agents because teams failed
to tender them contracts (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 12/20)....The
MLS New England Revolution have confirmed nearly 3,000 season
ticket holders, second only to the Columbus Crew (BOSTON GLOBE,
12/19)....St. Louis may become the headquarters for Bowling Inc.
-- the sport's new governing body (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH,