In Toronto, Gary Picknell notes the NFL is "still
interested in helping the CFL," and "the possibility remains
of a marketing and financial link" between the leagues.
Picknell notes among ideas "tossed around" have allowing
U.S. corporate advertising in CFL stadiums, and selling NFL
merchandise at CFL games (TORONTO SUN, 2/13)....U.S. figure
skating is profiled in this morning's WALL STREET JOURNAL by
Alexandra Peers, who notes the sport "is sure to be the
centerpiece of CBS's Olympic coverage and figure skating is
the darling of nearly two-dozen corporate sponsors pumping
millions of dollars into both professional and pre-Olympic
events" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 2/14)....All-American Football
League co-Founder John Ritchie said he hopes for a first
year 5.5-6.0 TV rating for the league, which begins play in
March '98. There will be two national and four regional TV
games each weekend, with a Monday night game a "possibility"
(BOSTON GLOBE, 1/13)....ESPN's David Aldridge, on the IRS
investigation of NBA referees: "Expect at least two more
referees to be indicted as part of the ongoing IRS
investigation. ... Most of the other referees agreed to pay
back taxes and penalties on the unreported income they
received" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 2/13).