EVENTS & PROMOTIONS;SPONSOR QUEST; U.S. SOCCER FIELDS WIDE RANGE OF COMPETITIONS

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API Soccer, New York, seeks sponsors for U.S. Soccer, encompassing 45 major events in 1996-97 from local to national competitions. In-game and on-site sponsorship includes competitions for men, women and kids through dozens of state soccer associations leading up to national and international competitions, which will get network and cable TV coverage. On board: Avis, Anheuser-Busch's Budweiser, MasterCard and Nike. Cost: $100,000 to $675,000 per year. Contact: (212) 841-1594.

Sport Sail, Boulder, Colo., is looking to team up with sponsors for the first national tour demonstrating the emerging new sport of Rollersailing, harnessing the wind to power in-line skaters with minisails. Included: on-sail exposure at races and demonstrations across the U.S. beginning next summer. Cost: $15,000 to $30,000. Contact: (303) 543-9803.

Florida Game & Fresh Water Commission, Tallahassee, is hunting sponsors for its statewide year-round Big Catch Angler Recognition Program rewarding sportsmen for bigger catches. The 10-year-old program involves hundreds of participants on various levels. Sponsorship includes signage, product sampling, couponing and publicity. Cost: $5,000 to $50,000 (title). Contact: (904) 488-4676, ext. 130.

Tim Cooper Enterprises is revving up sponsors for its Top Fuel Dragster team competing in the 23-event 1997 National Hot Rod Association's Winston Drag Racing series. Included: customized corporate exposure and integrated retail and touring programs. Cost: $25,000 to $1.5 million. Contact: (818) 701-6845.

Children's Miracle Network Balloon Team, Venice, Fla., and its 160 affiliated hospitals are lifting off with sponsors for the 1997 tour of 20 major cities. Included: names and logos on balloons, crew uniforms and support vehicles, with exposure to 50,000 to 100,000 people at each weekend stop. Cost: $5,000. Contact: (941) 492-9792.

I-70 Speedway, Kansas City, Mo., offers title and presenting level sponsorships of nationally televised racing events in 1997, including Nascar and American Speed Association sanctioned races. Cost: $60,000 to $100,000. Contact: (913) 541-8692.

Kate Fitzgerald edits Events & Promotions. Reach us by fax at (312) 649-5331 or e-mail address K8FITZ@aol.com.

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