Three-day attendance for the Davis Cup in Washington,
DC, was 22,982 as all three sessions were sell-outs (USTA).
...In Toronto, Alan Adams reported that as the NHL sets to
start its season, the league has 213 players making over
$1M. The Avs' Joe Sakic tops the list with a $17M salary,
which includes his $15M signing bonus (TORONTO STAR, 9/20).
MLB final attendance for '97 "will show an increase of
approximately" 5.6%, according to USA TODAY's Hal Bodley.
Acting Commissioner Bud Selig: "We're going to have the
second-biggest year in our history." In other news, Bodley
notes that a possible compensation figure for teams involved
in realignment could hit $10M. But Bodley adds that while
MLB's realignment committee thought "compensation might be
the answer" during its recent owners meetings in Atlanta,
the "concept lost momentum" (USA TODAY, 9/23).
BRAVES EYE 2002: The Braves are preparing a bid for the
2002 All-Star Game (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 9/23).
NFL TV Committee Chair Pat Bowlen told USA TODAY's
Gordon Forbes that the league will not see a 100% increase
in its next TV contract. Bowlen: "In my mind, that is
unachievable. Fox paid $400 million a year the last time
around, and I can't imagine Fox paying $800 million this
time." Bowlen added that, in regards to the length of
season and game schedule, the league will likely "stick with
its present format." He also expects a new TV deal by late
December, possibly earlier (USA TODAY, 9/23).
TO-DO LIST: In Miami, Greg Cote offered suggestions to
"improve the NFL." Among them: "Fight the corporate-cold,
No Fun League rap by encouraging, not restraining, free-
spiritedness;" "Tighten and enforce the salary cap so it
isn't the joke it has become;" End the 72-hour blackout rule
for more games on local TV; and start "Monday Night
Football" at 8:00pm ET, not 9:00pm ET (MIAMI HERALD, 9/21).