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  • ANGELOS TO MEET WITH BUCS, "MIGHT" OFFER RECORD $200M

         Orioles Owner Peter Angelos meets with the officials from
    the Buccaneers today and "might offer up to $200 million to buy
    the team and move it."  The high price of Angelos' offer would be
    made up through lucrative stadium arrangements, which could force
    the hand of Tampa officials "in the battle for dollars to keep
    the Bucs from leaving town."   As reported yesterday, the Tampa
    Sports Authority is proposing a multi-million dollar renovation
    project for Tampa Stadium, but elected officials are split on how
    it should be paid for (Joe Henderson, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 11/18).
         OUTSIDE FORCES?  Former Patriots Owner Victor Kiam's lawsuit
    against the NFL could have a bearing on franchise relocations.
    Kiam claims the NFL and several of its owners "conspired to
    interfere with every effort to sell the team to a purchaser who
    would relocate the team" (Jon Morgan, Baltimore SUN, 11/18).  "If
    successful, the lawsuit could force the league to ease its
    restrictions on location" Pat Yasinskas, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 11/18).
    

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  • CFL HAS REASON TO BELIEVE THEY WILL BE RECEIVED IN GRACELAND

         The CFL "went for a strong football background yesterday
    when in accepted Memphis as its 13th member."  The announcement
    that Federal Express founder Fred Smith was joining the league
    gave credibility to the CFL's American expansion effort (Ken
    Murray, Baltimore SUN, 11/18).  The team will play at the 62,512
    seat Liberty Bowl when it takes the field next season, but still
    must work out a lease agreement with the city and renovations.  A
    possible name: the Memphis Cobras (Mike Ganter, TORONTO SUN,
    11/18).
         BIG MOVE:  Because the CFL has experienced difficulty this
    year, yesterday's announcement was seen as significant.  Stephen
    Brunt of the GLOBE & MAIL writes that "a great big corner has
    been turned on the road to make it a viable, continental league."
    With FedEx, the CFL "acquired a new veneer of corporate
    credibility," made it likely that "more high-quality ownership
    will come on board," and "greatly enhanced" chances of attracting
    U.S. TV dollars -- maybe even CBS.  "The sponsorship
    opportunities [Fred Smith] brings to the table are enormously
    significant" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 11/18).  In addition, CFL
    Commissioner Larry Smith may have saved his job.  Larry Smith:
    "We think this gives us exactly the same profile that Blockbuster
    Video and Disney gave to the NHL" (Rick Matsumoto, TORONTO STAR,
    11/18).  CFL's Baltimore Owner Jim Speros also noted the
    potential sponsorships Smith and FedEx bring:  "He'll help us get
    to the next level" (Baltimore SUN, 11/18).
         NEXT MOVE?  Sunday's Western Division final between the
    Calgary and British Columbia has sold an "astonishingly low total
    of 12,000 tickets."  Stampeders Owner Larry Ryckman has
    threatened to move the team to San Antonio, and "people are now
    beginning to take him seriously."  Calgary kicker Mark
    McLoughlin:  "You look at Baltimore and now Memphis, if those
    teams do well and they get a TV contract I'll honestly forecast
    that there will be no teams in Canada in the near future" (Neil
    Campbell, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 11/18).
    

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  • CHRIS WEBBER GETS MORE PRESS IN D.C. THAN NEWT GINGRICH

         The Bullets pulled the trigger on one of the biggest deals
    in recent NBA history, and are hoping it pays off at the box
    office.  Yesterday's trade for 1993 Rookie of the Year Chris
    Webber, and the signing of fellow Fab-Fiver Juwan Howard, created
    "hysteria" in the Nation's Capital.  The team "didn't have enough
    people answering the phones or take the requests," writes Michael
    Wilbon of the WASHINGTON POST.  Wilbon: "More than 500 season-
    ticket plans had been sold by 9:30 last night. ... The Bullets
    have a superstar. ... someone to put on posters and billboards"
    (WASHINGTON POST, 11/18).  The SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY recently
    completed a survey of the top marketable young players in the
    NBA. Webber finished second, behind Detroit rookie Grant Hill.
    

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  • HEAD OF SPECTRA FOODS BUYS 300 TIX FOR GRIZZLIES "DRIVE"

         Wayne Holm, co-CEO of Spectra Group, a Vancouver based
    restaurant and food distribution group has purchased 300 season
    tickets for the Grizzlies inaugural season.  The sale is a "big
    boost" to the Grizzlies' goal of selling 12,500 season tickets by
    December 31.  Grizzlies VP/GM Stu Jackson announced the team's
    "magic number" is now 4,390 tickets to be sold by the end of the
    year.  The 300 tickets would be available to Spectra's employees.
    Holm said Spectra would not be awarded a catering contract at
    General Motors place, but did hope that there "will be promotions
    involving us, such as news conference and players at our
    restaurant for luncheons" (Dan Stinson, VANCOUVER SUN, 11/18).
    

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  • MORE L.A. TREMORS: COULD AL DAVIS BE ON THE OUTS?

         Raiders President Al Davis could be "stripped of his duties"
    with the Raiders if the club is not moved to Oakland, according
    to a report in the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE.  Davis has a 10-year
    contract to operate the team which expires in January, and his
    minority partners, who control 52% of the team, want to move back
    to Oakland.  They could leave Davis with an interest in the club,
    but he would not be allowed to run the team.  With the Rams
    likely to head to St. Louis, a Raiders move would leave the
    league without a franchise in L.A., the nation's second-largest
    market, "a situation the NFL would probably like to avoid" (SAN
    DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE/TAMPA TRIBUNE, 11/18).
         THE CROWN JEWEL?  Until now, all proposals had called for a
    renovation of Anaheim Stadium, but with local officials on the
    "verge of an agreement with the Angels on a new baseball
    stadium," Save the Rams is now exploring options with the NFL
    about a new football stadium and a "part-time home for the Super
    Bowl."  Rams President John Shaw has said a new facility is key
    to the CA's hope of keeping the team.  L.A. city officials
    presented the Angels with details of a plan yesterday, and they
    will meet again next week.  The cost of building two stadiums
    would be more than $300M, but Save the Rams said money could be
    found without "hitting up the taxpayer," including possible "help
    from the NFL in the form of future Super Bowl revenue"
    (Himmelberg & Mouchard, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 11/18).
    

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