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Vainisi leaving after three years with Lions

PONTIAC, Mich. -- Jerry Vainisi is leaving the Detroit Lions after three years to become vice president of football management for the World League of American Football.

Vainisi, 48, spent three years with the Lions, the last two as vice president for personnel.

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'It's an area where I think football is going to go,' Vainisi said Tuesday of his new job. 'The way the globalization of world economies and communications is going, I think sports are heading in that direction, too.'

The World League of American Football is scheduled to begin play next March with teams in Europe, Canada, Mexico and the United States.

In his new job, Vainisi will scout and sign players, supervise game officials, evaluate coaching staffs and handle other administrative duties for the WLAF's 12 charter teams.

Vainisi came to the Lions after he was fired as general manager of the Chicago Bears following the 1986 season. A personality clash with Bears President Michael McCaskey led to Vainisi's ouster in Chicago.

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