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  • CARDINALS DETAIL NO SMOKING POLICY FOR '95 SEASON

         The MLB Cardinals, "one of only a few professional sports
    franchise" that did not have a no-smoking policy last season,
    announced that smoking will no longer be allowed in Busch
    Stadium.  Fans will no longer be allowed to smoke in the seating
    sections, but will have 27 designated areas in the upper
    concourse level equipped with video monitors, play-by-play audio,
    counter tops and ashtrays, where they can smoke (Dan O'Neill, ST.
    LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 11/26).
    

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  • DAVIS STILL THE MAN IN L.A.

          Joe Alioto, attorney for Raiders Owner Al Davis, responded
    to a report last week that Davis could potentially lose control
    of the team.  The report said minority partners were upset with
    Davis and threatened to vote and strip him of him ownership
    powers.  Alioto:  "Nothing could be further from the truth. Al is
    the general partner of the Raiders and he is the only one.  He
    owns the team. He has some limited partners but in this type of
    partnership, the general partner has control" (Will McDonough,
    BOSTON GLOBE, 11/27).
    

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  • DEVILS PASS ON CHANCE FOR FUN IN THE SUN

         The Devils have "been offered a chance to move to Orlando,
    FL -- an opportunity they apparently will pass up."  Devils Owner
    John McMullen told the N.Y. POST that "someone" called him and
    asked if the Devils would be interested in moving, but that he
    "hadn't had any further discussions with them."  Orlando
    officials have been looking for a tenant to share the arena with
    the Magic and "have been approached" from both the IHL and the
    NHL, according to Howard Tipton, chief administrative officer for
    the city.  But Tipton "would not reveal which NHL team had been
    involved in the plans."  Tipton:  "It would involve moving a
    team.  The ownership group represented that they have the
    approval of the league" (Mark Everson, N.Y. POST, 11/24).
    

    Print | Tags: Franchises, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Orlando Magic, RDV Sports, YankeeNets
  • GRIZZLIES' MAGIC NUMBER DOWN TO 4,086

         The Grizzlies announced they've sold 304 season-tickets over
    the past week to bring their total to 8,414.  They still need to
    sell 4,086 to reach the NBA mandated minimum of 12,500 by the
    December 31st deadline.  Grizzlies GM Stu Jackson said he was
    "more confident today" than he was two weeks ago about the team
    reaching the minimum.  They still must average a thousand sales a
    week to reach 12,500, but Jackson said the team is involved in
    negotiations with members of the corporate community to help
    reach that goal. The team will bring Magic Johnson to Vancouver
    next Wednesday to put the "hard sell" on potential corporate
    ticket buyers (Elliott Pap, VANCOUVER SUN, 11/25).  But,
    according to Howard Tsumura of the Vancouver PROVINCE, a "check
    of some of Vancouver's biggest money players indicated that
    interest towards large block sales was lukewarm" (Vancouver
    PROVINCE, 11/25).
    

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  • PALA TO MEET WITH BUCS AS TORONTO'S INTEREST INCREASES

         On NBC's "NFL Live," Will McDonough reported that Toronto
    investors, led by John LaBatt Ltd., will make a "strong bid" to
    buy the Buccaneers and move them to Canada (NBC, 11/24).  Paul
    Godfrey, President and CEO of the Toronto Sun, who is also
    "spearheading" the bid, said that while the they we're interested
    in the team, they recognized that the NFL wants to keep the team
    in Tampa.  Godfrey: "We will continue to monitor Tampa, but there
    are other possibilities that we know of and we will monitor those
    as well" (Gary Picknell, TORONTO SUN, 11/25).  In Tampa, trustees
    of the team will meet this week with Dixon Ticonderoga President
    Gino Pala.  Pala is one of many potential local buyers who have
    meetings with team officials (Nick Pugliese, TAMPA TRIBUNE,
    11/28).
    

    Print | Tags: Franchises, Labatt Brewing, NBC, NFL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • PENS SELL OF BROADCAST AND MERCHANDISE RIGHTS TO KBL

         Penguins Owner Howard Baldwin sold the team's broadcasting
    and merchandising rights to Liberty Sports cable channel KBL for
    the next 12 years.  The deal extends the four-year $20M TV/radio
    contract signed last year through the 2006-2007 season, and gives
    KBL the rights to Penguins merchandise not sold in Civic Arena.
    Baldwin reports the deal could be worth up to $65M, and even
    higher depending on how the team fares in the playoffs.  The
    team's entire marketing operation, including 20 to 30 employees,
    four retail stores and a warehouse containing $1M worth of
    merchandise will be transferred to KBL Merchandise Inc.  KBL GM
    Bill Craig hopes to sell Penguins merchandise on a home-shopping
    show, reconfiguring the team's four stores, and opening outlets
    in different locations, including Pittsburgh International
    Airport (Penguins/KBL).
    

    Print | Tags: Cablevision, Franchises, New York Liberty, Pittsburgh Penguins
  • RAMS DENY DEAL WITH ST. LOUIS -- ANAHEIM CONTINUES PURSUIT

         Rams President John Shaw denied a report that a deal has
    been made to sell 40% of the Rams to MO businessman Stan Kroenke
    and to move the team to St. Louis.  Shaw: "No deal has been
    reached, nothing is imminent, we continue to negotiate" (Jon
    Morgan, Baltimore SUN, 11/25).  Kroenke's lawyer, Alan Bornstein,
    reiterated Shaw's comments, adding the report was "premature."
    Bornstein: "We are not at the point where it can be said that an
    agreement has been reached."  The deal reportedly would give
    Kroenke 40% of the team for $60M, with the first right to buy the
    team if Rams Owner Georgia Frontiere decides to sell.  Bornstein
    said an announcement on the team could come in "days, weeks, or
    perhaps never, depending on how several matters unfold" (Mike
    Reilly, L.A. TIMES, 1/24).  Will McDonough reports an
    announcement to move to St. Louis "will be made within the next
    two weeks, and when the Rams do make the announcement they will
    go to the NFL and ask for a vote of approval" ("NFL Live," NBC,
    11/24).  In Baltimore, Vito Stellino writes the Rams may wait
    until after the season, as Shaw has a "reputation for dragging
    things out as he takes care of the financial details" (Baltimore
    SUN, 11/27).
         ONE LAST CHANCE:  Save the Rams, the civic group trying to
    keep the team in Anaheim, will meet with Shaw on Tuesday to
    review the group's latest offer.  Save the Rams spokesperson
    Leigh Steinberg said the group is "seriously pursuing private
    funding for a new football-only stadium" if the Rams will commit
    to stay in the Orange County area.  Shaw said the team "would
    consider a short term lease" at their current home in Anaheim if
    "it included the promise of a new stadium and other
    considerations" (Himmelberg & Mouchard, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER,
    11/26).
         MUHLEMAN PROFILED: Seat-licensing guru Max Muhleman is
    profiled in Saturday's ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH.  Muhleman talks
    of selling the idea to the Hornets, Panthers, and now to FANS,
    Inc. in St. Louis.  One NFL observer said Muhleman "could sell
    Sand in the Sahara" (Jim Thomas, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 11/26).
    

    Print | Tags: Franchises, NBC, New Orleans Pelicans, NFL, St. Louis Rams
  • REDS WILL NOT RAISE TICKET PRICES FOR '95 SEASON

         The Reds will "maintain their status as having the major
    leagues' lowest admission costs" as they announced their ticket
    prices will remain unchanged for the '95 season.  Reds CEO Marge
    Schott admitted big financial losses but said, "How can you raise
    ticket prices after what the fans have been through?  I just
    couldn't do it" (Chris Haft, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 11/24).
    

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