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Volume 24 No. 158

Leagues Governing Bodies

          The "opening faceoff in the battle over the future of
     the NHL in Canada takes place today" in Ottawa, according to
     Mark Miller of the CALGARY SUN.  An "all-star team of
     ownership and league officials" are expected to make
     presentations to the House of Commons' subcommittee on the 
     study of sport in Canada.  NHL Board Chair and Flames co-
     Owner Harley Hotchkiss will "anchor the presentation group,"
     which includes NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and other team
     execs.  The subcommittee is to report to the House of
     Commons this fall with a "definitive" study on the financial
     impact of sports.  Miller writes the "main concern that
     prompted the committee is the tenuous existence of three of
     six Canadian NHL teams  -- Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa." 
     Bettman "created a storm of controversy earlier this month
     by suggesting that government may have a role to play in
     subsidizing those franchises through tax breaks" (CALGARY
     SUN, 4/28).  But Bettman told Red Fisher in Montreal, "I
     wasn't asking for tax breaks ... and I won't be asking for
     anything in Ottawa.  All I had in mind was to lay out the
     problems Canadian teams are facing.  That's what we'll be
     doing in Ottawa.  We're not asking for anything, but we do
     want them to understand what's going on" (GAZETTE, 4/28).  

          The U.S. women's national soccer team defeated
     Argentina 7-0 in front of 14,608 fans Sunday at Spartan
     Stadium in San Jose, CA.  This came two days after the U.S.
     team first beat Argentina Friday night in front of a sell-
     out crowd of over 10,000 at Fullerton, CA.  The 14,608 in
     San Jose is the second-largest non-Olympic crowd in U.S.
     women's national team history, and the weekend total of
     24,707 was a record high for the team (U.S. Soccer).
          NOTES: In Toronto, Jim Proudfoot writes that the AHL is
     studying the "possible creation" of a new Canadian division
     with teams in Toronto, Montreal, Hamilton and Quebec City
     (TORONTO STAR, 4/28)....Also in Toronto, Frank Zicarelli
     writes that sources "indicate" that NBA players "are willing
     to undergo marijuana testing only if every NBA official,
     coach and front-office worker are subject to the same
     testing" (TORONTO SUN, 4/28).....UNC junior Antawn Jamison
     declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft and said that
     even the possibility of an NBA lockout won't deter him.
     Although he has until a week before the Draft to change his
     mind, Jamison said, "I decided to leave and I'm going to
     stick with leaving.  No matter what happens, there's no
     turning back now" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 4/28).

          The USTA has "come to an agreement in principle" with
     the Pilot Pen Int'l tennis tournament to bring the U.S.
     Women's Hardcourt Championship to New Haven, CT, this
     summer, according to Dave Solomon of the NEW HAVEN REGISTER. 
     A news conference has been set for today to announce the
     event, which will take place August 24-31, the week
     following the Pilot Pen Int'l men's tournament at the CT
     Tennis Center at Yale.  Solomon writes that talks have been
     "ongoing to move the struggling Stone Mountain, Ga-based
     event to New Haven."  Though it is owned by the USTA, the
     Pilot Pen group, headed by CEO Mike Davies and Tournament
     Dir Butch Buchholz "would effectively lease the event on a
     multi-year basis."  Buchholz, who will become the women's
     Tournament Dir (NEW HAVEN REGISTER, 4/28).  Tournament execs
     "were scrambling" to come up with an official name, but
     "sources suggest Pilot Pen will attach its name to the
     women's event" (Greg Garber, HARTFORD COURANT, 4/28).
          CHANGE IN WOMEN'S SCHEDULE: The WTA Tour announced that
     the Sparkassen Cup in Germany has been moved from its
     original week of September 28 to the week of November 2. 
     The event scheduled for that week in Chicago will be removed
     from the calendar in '98, but is scheduled to return in '99. 
     The Sparkassen Cup was moved due to the women's Grand Slam
     Cup held in Munich the week of September 28 (WTA Tour).