Revamped America’s Cup could be a tough sell

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There's little doubt that the America's Cup finals to be held in September 2013 in San Francisco will be a spectacle. Even casual fans no doubt will be intrigued as current champion Oracle Team USA defends its title against one top challenger on 72-foot catamarans in San Francisco Bay.

What's not so certain is whether the long series of races leading up to that final — a regatta known as the Louis Vuitton Cup — will be able to hold people's interest and attract big crowds next summer. As it stands, there are just four scheduled competitors — possibly only three — who can afford to build the big catamarans it will take to mount a challenge.

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