NFL: In L.A., Bill Plaschke writes of spending time
with 28 L.A. youngsters talking about the NFL and the open
L.A. market. Plaschke writes that while "many of them love
the sport," he was hearing the "sound of future ticket and
merchandising dollars slipping away with every year" the NFL
is not in L.A. Plaschke: "This is a generation that is
being lost. ... The NFL needs Los Angeles more than Los
Angeles needs the NFL" (L.A. TIMES, 10/17)....After NFL
Commissioner Paul Tagliabue mentioned Houston as a possible
expansion city, prospective Houston team Owner Robert McNair
said, "The question now is do we have the resolve to go
forward?" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/17).
MLB: Throwing out the first pitch for Game One of the
World Series will be 21-year-old Jackie Robinson/GE Fund
Scholar Shomari Dakatari Dailey (MLB).
LPGA: The LPGA Tournament of Champions "pulled out" of
South FL and will become a season-ending event. Robert
Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama will sponsor and host the
event from October 8-11. Chrysler Plymouth didn't renew as
title sponsor after one year as host of the FL event (Fort
Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL, 10/16).
LISTENING TO ASIA? Former Cowboy Preston Pearson of TX-
based Pro-Style Associates, together with two other
partners, "are searching for investors in a new Asia-Pacific
Football League," according to Welch Suggs of the DALLAS
BUSINESS JOURNAL. The league is looking for $5.5M to begin
play in six Pacific Rim cities. The APFL, headquartered in
Dallas, is scheduled to begin play in October '98, and plans
to hold a training camp "somewhere in Texas" next summer
(DALLAS BUSINESS JOURNAL, 10/13 issue).