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  • "MONEY" MAGAZINE SAYS COWBOYS TIX RATE AS TOP SPORTS VALUE

         Tickets to a Dallas Cowboys home game are the best overall
    buy in U.S. professional sports and tickets to a Knicks home game
    are the worst, according to a MONEY magazine "value ranking" of
    all 83 pro-football, baseball, and basketball teams.  The
    ranking, which surveyed 1,000 fans nationwide and was
    commissioned to ICR Survey Research in Media, PA, appears in the
    magazine's October issue.
         TOO BAD THE SEASON'S OVER:  Of MONEY's top 10 values, eight
    are MLB teams, two NFL teams:  #1 Cowboys, #2 Packers, #3 SF
    Giants, #4 Indians, #5 Astros, #6 Twins, #7 Expos, #8 Braves, #9
    Dodgers, and #10 Marlins.  Of the bottom 10, six are NBA teams
    and four are NFL teams:  #74 Lakers, #75 Nets, #76 Eagles, #77
    Bengals, #78 Bullets, #79 Celtics, #80 Redskins, #81 Patriots,
    #82 Pistons, #83 Knicks.
         WAIT 'TIL THE FOX TROT STARTS:  NHL teams are absent from
    the ranking.  MONEY's PR Director Patti Strauss told THE SPORTS
    BUSINESS DAILY this morning that since "only 10 percent of our
    respondents said hockey interested them the most, we decided not
    to include it."
    

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  • AUTRY SONG AND DANCE HAS ONLY MINORITY OF ANGELS FOR SALE

         Angel owner Jackie Autry denied a report in yesterday's L.A.
    TIMES that she and husband Gene Autry are trying to sell the club
    for $130M.  Jackie Autry: "No one outside myself knows about
    this.  Gene doesn't even know about it.  That's why I've been so
    sensitive to keep it out of the papers.  I have told interested
    parties the club is not for sale at this time, and that remains
    the situation."  Autry said she is only trying to sell a minority
    interest in the club and that the minority owner "would
    immediately be in charge of day-to-day operations."  However,
    sources close to Autry "insist that a prospective buyer would be
    a minority owner only until" Gene Autry's death.  Autry has
    "engaged only preliminary talks" with four prospective buyers,
    and she would not identify a front runner, but the Walt Disney
    Co. "apparently is falling out of contention."  Lakers owner Dr.
    Jerry Buss said he would be interested in buying the Angels but
    has yet to negotiate with Autry (Bob Nightengale, L.A. TIMES,
    9/16).    ESPN's Gary Miller, during the 2am edition:  "Jackie
    Autry said they are only exploring selling a minor interest in
    Angel ownership, terming the report in the L.A. Times a total
    fabrication" ("SportsCenter," 9/15).
    

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  • BARRY DC VICTORY MAY IMPACT REDSKINS MOVE

         Marion Barry's decisive win in this week's District of
    Columbia mayoral Democratic primary "may have put the city back
    in the running for the Redskins."  Yesterday, Barry kept a
    campaign promise to call Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke "to
    persuade him" not to move the team to Laurel, MD.  Cooke would
    not say what was discussed or whether there is anything Barry
    could do to keep the Redskins in Washington.  Cooke:  "That's
    business between him and me"  (Katherine Richards and Jon Morgan,
    BALTIMORE SUN, 9/16).
         FIRST WE MOVE, THEN WE SELL:  In this morning's WASHINGTON
    TIMES, columnist Jeff Nesbit asks why Abe Pollin wants to move
    the Bullets and Capitals from USAir Arena.  Nesbit:  "Why does
    Abe Pollin want to move?  To correct a huge mistake he made two
    decades ago, bring the fans back to Bullets games, and in the
    end, remove an albatross that has made it all but impossible to
    sell the Bullets or Capitals" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 9/16).
    

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  • BUY HIGH, SELL HIGHER: TEAMS MAKE GREAT INVESTMENTS

         Professional sports teams have a payoff 65 percent higher
    than blue chip stocks according to FINANCIAL WORLD magazine.
    According to Paul Tharp in this morning's N.Y. POST, FW "put
    together a 'portfolio' composed of the last 13 sports teams sold
    over the last decade....[and] compared the values of those 13
    teams to the value of stocks in the S&P 500 over the same
    period."  Paul Brown, FW Managing Editor: "Come rain or come
    shine or strikes, the price of professional sports teams rises on
    average 15 percent annually. ... As a portfolio, the teams had a
    price appreciation 65 percent higher than the price performance
    of the S&P over the same period" (Paul Tharp, N.Y. POST, 9/16).
    

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  • MARLINS FOR SALE? HUIZENGA FED UP WITH THE LEAGUE PROBLEMS?

         Wayne Huizenga said yesterday that he would consider putting
    the Marlins up for sale if MLB remains in disarray going into the
    '95 season: "My decision on whether or not to ever sell the
    Marlins depends on what happens next year.  I will wait and see
    if the owners and players make any progress.  I don't know what
    happens after that."  Huizenga, asked if he regretted getting
    involved in baseball, said laughing: "I wonder that a lot."
    Huizenga will have lost about $10M from the season.  A sale is
    something he would not consider until next year.  He said he will
    give contract extensions to both manager Rene Lacheman and GM Dan
    Dombrowski (Amy Niedzielka, MIAMI HERALD, 9/16).
    

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  • NBA EXPANSION UPDATE: GRIZZLIES SWIPE AT TRADEMARK HASSLE

         In Vancouver, Mike Beamish examines of the trademark battle
    over the franchise's name.  Grizzlies owner Arthur Griffiths
    applied for the trademark on June 30; attorney Keith Spencer, who
    specializes in trademark registration, applied for rights on June
    13.  Griffiths' group was unaware of the rival application until
    a few days before the August 11 unveiling of the name and logo.
    When Griffiths' people found out, Spencer "delivered his ransom
    note": 11 Grizzlies T-shirts, 11 autographed basketballs and four
    season tickets as a "goodwill gesture in relinquishing his
    group's application."  Griffiths' people refused.  Spencer has
    since signed over his pending trademark application to another
    attorney for the sum of C$1 (VANCOUVER SUN, 9/15).
         TICKET-PRICES:  The Grizzlies "non-premium" seats in its new
    GM Place arena, scheduled to be completed in time for the
    Grizzlies debut, range in price from C$15 to C$60.  The Grizzlies
    top club seat is C$93.40.  The Grizzlies are about halfway to its
    15,000 season-ticket commitments required by the end of this year
    under the terms of its expansion agreement (Chris Young, TORONTO
    STAR, 9/15).
         UNIFORMS:  Raptors officials will have at least two road and
    home uniforms when they open in '95.  An NBA source says one
    uniform will feature the team's "primary logo, and that others
    will include one or more of the team's secondary marks which have
    yet to be unveiled" (TORONTO SUN, 9/15).
    

    Print | Tags: Franchises, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, NBA, Canucks Sports and Entertainment, Toronto Raptors
  • STEELERS OWNERSHIP CONSIDERS PURCHASING PIRATES

         Steelers VP Arthur Rooney Jr. confirmed yesterday that the
    Rooney family is interested in purchasing the Pirates. Rooney:
    "It's sort of preliminary right now.  We're gathering
    information.  We haven't got to the point where anything exciting
    is happening."  Steelers president Dan Rooney "has made it clear"
    in the past that the Steelers interests would not be served if
    they became the only tenant at the "debt-laden" Three Rivers
    Stadium.  That would happen if the Steelers were to move out of
    Pittsburgh or if another stadium were built.  Pittsburgh Mayor
    Tom Murphy has scheduled a press conference today to update the
    city's efforts to sell the franchise and maintain local ownership
    (Steve Halvonik, PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 9/16).  CNN's Nick
    Charles:  "Apparently baseball's queasy status hasn't scared off
    many.  Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy said he will trim the list of
    finalist looking to buy the Pirates to six tommorrow" ("Sports
    Tonight," 9/15).  ESPN's Gary Miller: "The Rooney interest is
    said to be a last ditch effort to keep the in Pittsburgh before a
    local buyer steps forward" ("SportsCenter," 9/15).
    

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