In St. Paul, Charley Walters writes the "latest word"
is the NFL "will try to assist" Vikings President Roger
Headrick "in acquiring financing" to become the team's 30%
managing partner (PIONEER PRESS, 12/18)....The ABL opened
its locker room doors to reporters 20 minutes before and
after games from December 8-15 on a trial basis. The league
will ask "for feedback" and is "expected to decide on a
policy this week." The league has kept its doors closed to
the media and players are interviewed in separate rooms. ABL
Dir of Media Relations Dean Jutilla: "Most of the feedback
has been positive for keeping them closed" (HARTFORD
COURANT, 12/18). In other ABL news, Dwight Chapin wrote
that with ABL attendance up 20% and the quality of play
"markedly improved," it "seems to be very much in the game
against the big-bucks WNBA" (S.F. EXAMINER, 12/17).