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  • CANADIAN HOOPS TEAMS CONTINUE TICKET PUSH

         The Raptors, in response to poor ticket sales behind the
    basket, "announced that license fees will be optional for behind-
    the-hoops seating."  Raptors Dir of Communications Tom
    Mayenknecht: "We were looking at having tumbleweeds spinning
    behind the baskets."  Mayenknecht said fans who have already
    bought their fee on seats behind the baskets will have the choice
    to upgrade their seats, or make their license optional.  Some
    team officials believe fans don't understand that following
    basketball from behind the hoop is not the same as trying to
    follow the puck from behind the net in hockey (Jim Byers, TORONTO
    STAR, 11/8).
         WE NEED YOU: The Raptors and the Grizzlies will unveil ad
    campaigns for their push to meet the NBA's 12,500 season-ticket
    quota. The Raptors first phase begins Friday with the slogan,
    "You're Gonna Love This Game."  The Grizzlies, who remain
    "stalled" at 8,000 season tickets, will start their "Drive for
    5," aimed at selling 5,000 more tickets (Craig Daniels, TORONTO
    SUN, 11/8).
         THE COMMISH UNDER FIRE: The TORONTO SUN's Jim Hunt comments
    on Commissioner David Stern and the NBA's season-ticket minimum
    for the expansion teams. "Poor David Stern must think we are a
    bunch of dummies up here in the Great White North. ... Give us a
    break, David. How do you explain the fact the L.A. Clippers have
    only 4,000 season-ticket holders? Even the Lakers don't have
    12,500."  Hunt writes if he were running the Raptors, he'd "start
    playing hardball with Stern. I'd insist he guarantee there be no
    work stoppage for the '95-96 season.  If there is, I'd want my
    (franchise fee) money back" (TORONTO SUN, 11/8).
    

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  • DOES JETS FUTURE HINGE ON NHL SALARY CAP?

         In Winnipeg, Hal Sigurdson writes that despite the Manitoba
    Entertainment Complex (MEC) meeting its goal of "selling at least
    40 luxury suites," the future of the Jets in Winnipeg is based on
    a salary cap and a revenue sharing formula. "Chances of that
    happening remain remote. ... Since construction of a new arena
    can't be delayed beyond the start of next summer, the team will
    have to be sold.  No one will buy into a game before the rules
    are established no matter how many luxury seats or club seats the
    MEC sells. ... If the Jets leave, enthusiasm to build a new arena
    will die.  That's the real shame."  Sigurdson urges the MEC to
    bring in a "well-run IHL franchise," as "it would be easier to
    finance an arena on a user-pay basis without the Jets than with
    them" (WINNIPEG FREE-PRESS, 11/8).
    

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  • FRANCHISE NOTES

         The Ancira family is putting their CISL San Diego Sockers up
    for sale.  The club has "never prospered despite winning 10
    indoor soccer championships while playing in three different
    leagues" (Hank Wesch, San Diego UNION TRIBUNE, 11/6)....The
    annual Winnipeg Jets Wives Carnival, scheduled for Feb. 25 has
    been cancelled due to the delay in the start of the hockey
    season.  Rena Shenkarow, President of Winnipeg Jets Goals For
    Kids Foundation: "Everyone feels bad about it and many children
    charities are going to be affected."  Shenkarow said charities
    will "experience about a $200,000 shortfall in funds from the
    foundation" (Marvin McDonald, WINNIPEG SUN, 11/8 ).
    

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  • L.A. STORY, PART I: ST. LOUIS GETS GOOD SIGNS FROM SHAW

         St. Louis' pursuit of the Rams continued to pick up steam as
    Rams President John Shaw said, "We're pursuing the situation with
    St. Louis to the fullest extent right now to see where it will
    eventually lead us" (Michele Himmelberg & Andre Mouchard, ORANGE
    COUNTY REGISTER, 11/8).  Rams spokesperson Heidi Sinclair also
    said St. Louis has the edge in the race for the team:  "They are
    working hard with St. Louis to see if they can get somewhere with
    them and they look like the front-runner right now.  They are
    spending most of their time with St. Louis" (Jon Morgan,
    Baltimore SUN, 11/8).  This week, Shaw will meet with officials
    from St. Louis and Baltimore, while yesterday, Rams accountants
    discussed a proposal with Save the Rams, the Anaheim group trying
    to keep the team.  Shaw said he is not working as closely with
    the Anaheim group, and they are disappointed he has not given
    them a serious counterproposal (Himmelberg & Mouchard, ORANGE
    COUNTY REGISTER, 11/8).
         WORKING THE PHONES:  Shaw called two St. Louis fans who had
    written to him in support of the team's move to the city.  Jim
    Rindler, a 45-year-old advertising executive, spoke with Shaw on
    Monday.  In their conversation, Shaw told Rindler that he was
    "positively inclined" toward St. Louis, that he would visit the
    city soon, and that the team will make their decision within a
    month (Jim Thomas, ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH, 11/8).
    

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  • L.A. STORY, PART II -- DAVIS IN CATBIRD SEAT IF RAMS MOVE

         A spokesperson for the Raiders declined to comment on
    reports that Orioles Owner Peter Angelos had made a bid for the
    team.  ESPN's Gary Miller said Angelos is in a "wait-and see-
    mode" on an NFL move to Baltimore, but that his offer to Raiders
    Owner Al Davis "reportedly mirrors his offer to the Rams"
    ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 11/7).  CNBC's Sue Herera said Davis is
    waiting to see if he has an NFL "monopoly" in L.A. before making
    a decision on whether to sell his team ("Sports Business Minute,"
    11/7).  In Baltimore, Ken Rosenthal writes that Angelos' offer to
    buy the Raiders is "classic grandstanding," adding that Angelos'
    "chances of stealing the Rams appear to be fading, so he's trying
    to create the illusion that he has other options" (Baltimore SUN,
    11/8).  Today, the OAKLAND TRIBUNE's John Hickey speculates on
    "what if" the Raiders didn't leave Oakland in 1982.  Hickey: "If
    the Raiders remained, it is likely that one of the Coliseum's
    other tenants -- either the Warriors or the A's -- would have had
    to leave" (11/8).
    

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  • NAACP CANCELS TURKEY DAY BOYCOTT OF TEXAS STADIUM

         The NAACP may be close to reaching an agreement with Cowboys
    Owner Jerry Jones over charges the team lacks minorities in the
    front office and among stadium vendors. The group had threatened
    a Thanksgiving Day boycott of Texas Stadium and was prepared to
    picket on November 24.  NAACP's Southwest Region Director Shannon
    Reeves said he was "very pleased" with the discussions, adding:
    "The boycott is on hold until we finalize the agreement with the
    Cowboys."  The two sides met for three hours yesterday based on
    complaints by the NAACP that no black and few Hispanic vendors
    are now doing business with Texas Stadium Corporation, and that
    most of the Cowboys front office personnel is white (Vito
    Stellino, Baltimore SUN, 11/8).
    

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