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          NFL: The NFL set an all-time weekend paid attendance
     record last week when 999,778 fans attended its 15 games. 
     The 15 games averaged 66,652.  The previous weekend paid
     attendance record was set on November 10-11 of last year
     when 964,079 attended 15 games.  Last week, 13 of 15 games
     sold out in advance of the blackout deadline (NFL).
          NOTES: The NLL granted a one-year suspension for the
     Boston Blazers for the '98 season (NLL)....ABL attendance is
     up 19% over its first 59 games in '96.  The league is
     averaging 4,227 fans, up from 3,560 last year.  ABL CEO Gary
     Cavalli said the ABL's goal of 5,000 per game is possible as
     its new markets, Philadelphia and Long Beach, "show some
     growth" (USA TODAY, 11/20).  In Denver, Dylan Tomlinson
     writes that as the ABL "begins its expansion, one can't help
     but wonder if a Nashville franchise can't be too far off,
     especially as the ABL and WNBA prepare for a bitter fight
     over University of Tennessee superstar Chamique Holdsclaw"
     (DENVER POST, 11/20)....In his ESPN SportsZone column, David
     Aldridge writes that "one thing" the NBA could "ask for if
     and when" the CBA is reopened is a "franchise" player
     designation similar to that used in the NFL.  That would
     prevent a player from negotiating with any other club as
     long as his original team offers him the average of the top
     five paid players at his position.  Aldridge: "That would be
     an artificial cap on a team's top-salaried player, which is
     something owners are desperate to get" (SportsZone, 11/20).