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  • FRANCHISE NOTES

         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).
    

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  • HOUSTON MAYOR CONSIDERS LEGAL ACTION AGAINST OILERS

         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).
    

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  • RAMS MEET WITH BALTIMORE SUITORS; DECISION IN 4-6 WEEKS?

         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).
    

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  • STAVRO AGREES TO TURN OVER DOCUMENTS TO TWO GOV'T AGENCIES

         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).
    

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