SMI's Admission Revenue Down 5% in '14 Lionsgate Chair Emerges As Hawks Bidder MLS, Union Reach Five-Year CBA Deal ESPN Paying $7-9M For Hockey World Cup Univ. Of Kentucky Extends Nike Deal Classified Advertisements NBA, WNBA Players Appear In LeanIn PSA Executive Transactions NFL Draft Will Utilize Chicago's Grant Park Adidas Expects "Robust" Sales Growth
Timberwolves suitor Glen Taylor has also expressed interest in buying the Twins. Taylor: "I have talked to Carl [Pohlad] and we may have a story someday." Pohlad might sell a minority interest in the team once the strike is resolved, and give the purchaser "an option to buy it all eventually." Taylor has also said he would like to bring an NHL franchise to the area, making him "the Wayne Huizenga of Minnesota" (Sid Hartman, Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 9/17).... The Arena Football League will announce today that a St. Louis franchise will begin play in the Kiel Center in 1995. The team, owned by the Blues, is yet to be named (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 9/20)....In Dallas, Dan Noxon writes on the future of NHL expansion, and notes that Oklahoma City "promises to make at least as much noise" as Atlanta, Phoenix and Denver (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/18).
Houston Mayor Bob Lanier has asked city officials to determine what legal action might be taken to force Oilers owner Bud Adams to remain in the Astrodome when his lease expires in 1998. Lanier: "At some point, the cities should have rights dealing with sports franchises." South Texas School of Law dean Gerald Treece advised that Lanier sue the NFL to keep the Oilers in Houston: "Because the city of Houston has invested so much emotionally and financially in the Oilers, unless, we (Houston) are granted a new franchise, then the policies and practices of the NFL are in violation of antitrust laws." Former NFL attorney Gary Roberts warned such a lawsuit would provide an "interesting" legal case: "It's asinine to think you can tell the NFL where it can put teams. But because it's very confusing law and because juries are partisan, you never know what's going to happen" (John Williams, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 9/18).
Two days after hearing an Orange County group's proposal to keep the team, and two days after saying he's ready to talk to St. Louis officials, Rams President John Shaw met with Orioles owner Peter Angelos and MD Gov. William Donald Schaefer "to further explore Baltimore's interest." Rams owner Georgia Frontiere did not attend the meeting. A major topic of the meeting was Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke, who could try to block the move of an NFL team into Baltimore. Cooke has plans to build a stadium in Laurel, MD, about a 20-minute drive from Baltimore. Shaw revealed no details of the meeting, but said he plans to keep talking with Baltimore officials (Himmelberg & Mouchard, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 9/20). A top Rams official told Schaefer that the Rams will probably decide if they will leave Anaheim in the next 4-6 weeks (Jon Morgan, Baltimore SUN, 9/20). Angelos and Schaefer laid out a proposal that would include a guarantee of Rams ticket sales, a new stadium to be built within the next three years, "lucrative revenues from that stadium" and $1 a year rent (Himmelberg & Mouchard, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 9/20). ST. LOUIS: Shaw said he expects to hear from St. Louis officials within the next few days (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 9/20). In St. Louis, Tom Wheatley interviews beer distributor Jerry Clinton, who just recently sold his 30% stake in the domed stadium's lease to FANS Inc. Clinton: "I believe in football here, but not at any cost. If we get a deal, I hope it's palatable to the fans, the box holders, the media, everyone." He is "strongly opposed" to a FANS Inc.'s suggestion that fans pay a license fee to buy season tickets (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 9/20).
MLG Ventures, a company controlled by grocery store magnate Steve Stavro, "reached a deal with two government agencies to produce the documents for pending trial that could result in an unwinding of the takeover." Ventures had rejected requests from Ontario's public trustee and attorney general's ministry for the documents since May, but the company "abruptly changed its mind shortly after losing court arguments about the proper legal process for seeking the files." The trustee has charged that the executors of the estate of the late MLG Ltd. owner Harold Ballard should have sought bids for its 60.3% of MLG Ltd. instead of selling it "privately" to Stavro's MLG Ventures. The issue of what documents Stavro "must produce could result in more court skirmishes before the trial that is to decide ownership" (Tony Van Alphen, TORONTO STAR, 9/20).