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RAPTORS/GRIZZLIES ON THE VERGE OF MAJOR CORPORATE BUYS?

     A report this morning indicates that a string of corporate
block buys could put both the Raptors and Grizzlies over the NBA-
imposed goal of 12,500 season-tickets.  The Raptors are believed
to be in negotiations with Ford, Shoppers Drug Mart, and AST
Computers about the purchase of a large block of tickets.  The
Grizzlies, who are also speaking with Shoppers Mart, and AST,
will hold a news conference next Tuesday to announce the total in
their ticket campaign.  It is believed they will reveal at that
time that they have reached the 12,500 goal. Grizzlies
spokesperson Steve Frost: "We're discussing block ticket buys and
working toward closing those deals" (Craig Daniels, TORONTO SUN,
12/14).
     RAPTORS TV:  The Raptors are reportedly interested in ABC-
ESPN announcer Mike Jones to host game coverage on City-TV
(William Houston, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 12/14).
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