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  • CFL TO MOVE OUT OF SACRAMENTO -- ARE THEY OAKLAND BOUND?

         Sacramento Gold Miners owner Fred Anderson announced
    yesterday he will move the team after this season because efforts
    to build a new stadium have failed.  Anderson was granted the
    franchise with the "understanding" that the team would move out
    of the 24,000-seat Hornet Field.  Anderson blames the facility
    for his $10M loss in the team's two years and said without
    "support from the politicians and dang little from business" he
    cannot stay.  Anderson is considering three sites, but CFL
    Commissioner Larry Smith "expects" the team to go to Oakland
    calling a stadium lease a "key" element.  However, Oakland
    Alameda County Supervisor Ron Perata was recently quoted as
    saying the CFL is "just a little ahead of tractor pulls, roller-
    blade hockey, and arena football -- and with them, you're just a
    valley town" (CANADIAN PRESS/WINNIPEG SUN, 10/25).
    

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  • EXPOS FANS ANGRY OVER NEXT YEAR'S SEASON-TICKET POLICY

         Despite the uncertainty concerning the start of the '95
    season, the Expos have commenced their ticket marketing campaign
    for next season.  The team recently sent letters to season-ticket
    holders in which they warned subscribers to "pay half the cost of
    a season ticket by November 15" in order to "avoid unpleasant
    surprises."  Many fans felt the letter implied that if their
    deposit was not in by November 15, then their ticket could be
    taken away and given to someone else looking to upgrade.  Mitch
    Melnick, a sports talk-show host on CIQC Radio in Montreal said
    that area fans are upset: "There's no way they should treat
    people like that" (Danny Gallagher, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 10/25).
         TORONTO:  Blue Jays Stadium and Ticket Operations Dir George
    Holm said that the Blue Jays plan to take a "wait-and-see
    attitude" before marketing '95 season tickets.  Holm: "We see no
    point in putting tickets on sale."  Holm added that if an
    agreement is not met by December 1, that the team will probably
    decide then whether to proceed with a ticket campaign or continue
    to wait (GLOBE & MAIL, 10/25).
    

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  • IHL EXPANSION COULD BE HEADED FOR TORONTO

         The Raptors have joined the Clippers as the only two NBA
    teams considering an application for an IHL franchise.  Raptors
    spokesperson Tom Mayenknecht said that the team has "preliminary"
    interest in purchasing an IHL club, but added that a hockey club
    could not be acquired until the completion of a arena -- which
    could be at least three years from now.  Mayenknecht also said
    that team officials are speaking with other leagues, such as
    arena football and indoor soccer (Chris Young, TORONTO STAR,
    10/25).
    

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