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HEAT SALE TO WHIT HUDSON IN DOUBT

     Whit Hudson's plan to purchase a controlling interest in the
Heat is on the "verge of collapse, the victim of internal
fighting among the team's partners and a contract dispute with
majority owner Ted Arison."  The NBA has set a Tuesday deadline
for Hudson and Heat owners to settle their differences.  Among
them:  Deciding who pays entertainer/ Heat partner Julio Iglesias
$2.4M, and a pending lawsuit by limited partner Raanan Katz.  If
no progress is made, NBA owners probably will not vote on the
sale until the season ends.  Hudson does not "believe the NBA
will approve this transaction."  In August, Hudson -- brother-in-
law of FL sports mogul Wayne Huizenga -- agreed to purchase 41.5%
of the Heat from managing partners Lew Schaffel and Billy
Cunningham for $60M (Alex Marvez, MIAMI HERALD, 11/19).
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