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  • HERE COMES MIKE! NASHVILLE SOUNDS EXCITED ABOUT JORDAN

         Nashville Sounds President Larry Schmittou spoke on the
    impending arrival of Michael Jordan to the White Sox' AAA
    affiliate.  Schmittou said attendance should "swell," but that
    ticket prices will remain the same.  Nike will film Jordan in a
    Sounds uniform on November 14 for its upcoming promotional
    campaign.  Schmittou: "You can't buy that type of advertising"
    (Tom Wood, Nashville TENNESSEAN, 11/8).
    

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  • JACKSONVILLE COULD BE LUCRATIVE DIVISION FOE

         The Cleveland PLAIN DEALER's Tony Grossi examined the
    slotting of the expansion teams, writing that the Jaguars "figure
    to be among the more lucrative stops for visiting clubs."  They
    will play in the-soon-to-be renovated Gator Bowl, and have sold
    out the Gator Bowl's 73,000 seats through '97 at an average
    ticket price of $37.  That would guarantee $2.7M in ticket
    revenue, giving each visiting club a share of $1.08M, placing the
    Jaguars at least in the top five in visiting gate receipts paid
    out.  The 49ers ($2.72 million) and Giants ($2.7 million)
    currently have greater potential per-game receipts (Tony Grossi,
    CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER, 11/6).  For their part, the Carolina
    Panthers are guaranteeing $1.28M in visiting gate receipts.
    

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  • JUDGE RULES THAT REDSKIN PLAYERS DON'T HAVE TO PAY DUES

         VA Circuit Court Judge Thomas Horne ruled yesterday that the
    NFLPA cannot force Redskins players to pay union dues as a
    condition of employment.  Horne concluded that the players were
    protected under VA's right to work law because they reside in the
    state and spend most of their time working at the team's VA
    training site.  The NFLPA had argued that the Redskins players
    should be covered under DC labor laws and therefore, the players
    should be forced to adhere to the DC laws and pay their union
    dues.  NFLPA attorney Richard Berthelsen said that the union will
    appeal Horne's decision to the VA Supreme Court.  Earlier this
    year, the NFLPA appealed a similar case to the U.S. Court of
    Appeals for DC (Mark Asher, WASHINGTON POST, 11/9).
    

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  • RAMS' SELLOUT AGAINST RAIDERS WILL EASE CLUBS LOSSES

         According to the Rams club attendance and ticket-price
    figures, this weekend's sellout against the Raiders will ease
    their projected 1994 losses by at least $340,000.  After five
    home games this season, the Rams are running about $940,000
    behind last year in ticket revenues.  The ticket revenue figures
    are significant because the Rams must show they are unable to
    turn a profit in Anaheim in order to gain support for their
    proposed relocation.  The Rams have sold nearly 69,000 tickets to
    the Raiders game, which would be the team's biggest crowd since
    moving to Anaheim in 1980 (Michele Himmelberg, ORANGE COUNTY
    REGISTER, 11/9).
    

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