ABL GOES TO OPRYLAND; ARE PLAYERS DIRECTING LEAGUE MOVES?
The ABL completed its '97-98 expansion plans by naming
Nashville as its tenth franchise. The team will play its
home games in the Municipal Auditorium, an 8,700-seat arena
located in downtown Nashville (ABL). Nashville joins
Chicago as the league's newest markets, and in Chicago,
Michael Rosenberg examined the ABL's "wish list" for the
next few years, including broadcast network exposure and
expansion into the New York market (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 4/13).
PLAYERS TAKING CONTROL? In Portland, Abby Haight
criticized the league for trading "star" Natalie Williams
from Portland to Long Beach, where she has family and
friends, and not returning a player of like talent to the
Power. Haight wrote that the ABL "has put the likes and
dislikes of players ahead of building the fan support and
team stability necessary for a future" (OREGONIAN, 4/12).