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Volume 24 No. 112
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          The state of the NFL was examined by Allen Barra in
     Sunday's N.Y. TIMES magazine under the header, "How Football
     Got Sacked."  Barra writes that "on the verge of another
     'Stupor Sunday,' it might be time for a reassessment. ...
     The dip in the TV ratings and those empty seats in the
     Meadowlands may be forgotten in the rush of the coming Super
     Bowl hype, but they're signaling a change in the American
     way of life -- a change that the men at the top of the
     football establishment will typically be the last to see
     coming" (N.Y. TIMES MAGAZINE, 1/12).
          NEWS & NOTES: In Boston, Will McDonough notes a poll of
     all 30 NFL teams indicates that 22 would vote for instant
     replay, with eight teams against.  23 votes are needed to
     approve replay's return.  McDonough: "With the vote that
     close, the issue will fall into the hands of commissioner
     Paul Tagliabue" (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/12).... The success of the
     Jaguars and Panthers, and their effect on the cities of
     Jacksonville and Charlotte, were profiled in Saturday's N.Y.
     TIMES.  The TIMES' Kevin Sack writes that, with the success
     of the Panthers and Jaguars, "football is being embraced and
     promoted for those upstart towns as a metaphor for civic
     momentum" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/11).