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  • HANDICAPPING THE RAMS' IMPENDING DECISION

         Former Senator Tom Eagleton, the point man for FANS Inc.,
    the group seeking to move the Rams to St. Louis,  believes the
    Rams will decide on a move before Thanksgiving.  He also said
    "tough" differences between St. Louis' recent proposal and the
    Rams' wish list have yet to be resolved.  Eagleton noted the Rams
    are also seeking more information on St. Louis' Permanent Seat
    Licensing proposal (Jim Thomas, ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH, 10/23).
    ESPN's Chris Mortenson handicaps the Rams' options:
    "Conventional wisdom points to St. Louis ... [but] if all things
    were equal, the Rams would:  A) Love to stay in L.A. with a new
    stadium -- not likely to happen; B)  Move to Baltimore over St.
    Louis.  But what is hurting Baltimore may not be the threat of
    litigation from the Redskins, as much as there is a feeling of
    discomfort among NFL owners that Baltimore point man Peter
    Angelos is not quote 'one of their types'"  ("Sunday Sportsday,"
    ESPN, 10/23).  In St. Louis, Jim Thomas offers a rundown of the
    three bids.  ANAHEIM:  Plusses:  No moving.  Minuses:  No new
    stadium, fan apathy.  BALTIMORE:  Plusses:  Perception it's a
    better football town.  Minuses:   Redskins; no new stadium until
    '97 or later; Angelos' insistence on a buyout option from Georgia
    Frontiere.  ST. LOUIS:  Plusses:  Best deal.  Minuses:
    Perception it's not a good football town (ST. LOUIS POST
    DISPATCH, 10/23).
    

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  • RAPTORS SWIFT START TO SEASON TICKET DRIVE

         Raptors officials announced Saturday that the season-ticket
    drive opened with "nearly 1,200" orders.  The club says those
    orders "should conservatively amount to 2,700 to 3,000 seats."
    Raptors spokesperson Tom Mayenknecht said the details about the
    initial group of orders, such as number and price of sales and
    seat licensing fees, won't be available until next week.  The
    first requests come from a list of 3,800 who bought packages for
    Toronto's world basketball championships last summer.  15,800
    orders from a telephone hotline will be processed Friday.  A
    complete tally will not be finished until the end of the month
    (Jim Byers, TORONTO STAR, 10/22).  In a separate piece, Byers
    examines the trend toward seat-licensing and reports the Maple
    Leafs are considering a program similar to the Raptors'.  Maple
    Leaf Gardens Marketing Dir Bill Cluff "said he sees licensing as
    something to help with one-time expenses, such as a new arena,
    and not as a scheme to meet day-to-day costs."  The Raptors'
    Mayenknecht says licensing top seats allows the team to "hold our
    average ticket price to $38.56, which is 20th or 21st in the
    NBA."  50% of the seats will cost $25 or less and "that wouldn't
    be possible without the revenue from the licences."  The program
    also gives fans "a tangible asset that can be sold at a later
    date, potentially for a profit."  Panthers' Sales Dir Carl
    Youtsey, whose team pioneered the concept, calls seat-licensing
    "the wave of the future":  "It's a way of paying for sports
    that's self-sustaining" (TORONTO STAR, 10/22).
         IHL INCLUSION:  Sources in Toronto say a Raptors'
    application for an IHL franchise "could come as soon as today."
    It is unclear whether the frachise would play the '95-'96 season
    or wait until the Raptors' new arena is built (Damien Cox,
    TORONTO STAR, 10/24).
    

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