MLS Commissioner Doug Logan said the league has been in
"discussion" with Temple Univ. for the past year and is
participating in a plan to bring an MLS team to Philadelphia
and a 32,000-seat football stadium to Temple. In
Philadelphia, Edward Moran reports that Temple's "official
stance is that it still can see itself as a partner in an
Eagles stadium, but is exploring other options because there
is no telling when or if the Eagles will get a new stadium"
(PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 8/21)....The Raptors, who last
season were one of only three NBA teams that did not have
access to some form of digital video, purchased a US$200,000
digital-video system manufactured by Siscom. The Maple
Leafs will eventually be able to use the system as well.
Ten NBA teams use the Siscom system, along with NBAE, NHL
Productions, Fox Sports and ESPN (TORONTO SUN, 8/21)....A's
President Sandy Alderson said that the team's projected
attendance of 1.2 million "has to be considered a solid
building block," and that fans "can expect to see meaningful
increases in payroll" as a result (S.F. CHRONICLE, 8/21).
...Bengals President Mike Brown said that during
presentations to the NFL on Wednesday, Browns' bidder Al
Lerner displayed a "self-deprecating, charming manner. I
was very impressed with how direct and purposeful he was"
(CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 8/21)....Oakland-Alameda County
Coliseum Auth. attorney Jeffrey Kessler, on reports of the
Raiders leaving Oakland: "They can't go anywhere, whether
it's Los Angeles or Timbuktu" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 8/21).