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RAPTORS OPEN HOUSE A HIT; GENERAL MOTORS MAJOR SPONSOR?

     Raptors President John Bitove said the ticket office's phone
lines continue to ring after Tuesday's open house at SkyDome.
About 600 season tickets were sold from the event, and the team
is believed to be about 3,000-3,500 sales away from meeting the
NBA's mandate of 12,500 season tickets by December 31.  The team
is working on a "massive corporate sponsorship said to be worth
multiple million of dollars."  Rumors had GM signing on (Jim
Byers, TORONTO STAR, 12/8).
     COLLEGE HOOPS STRUGGLES TO SELL: This weekend's U.S. college
basketball games at Maple Leaf Gardens are having trouble
selling.  The poor sale of lower end seats have led to a $5-off
coupon program, lowering prices from $7-12 for the Georgetown-
Memphis game.  Peter Allemang, organizer of the adidas Toronto
Invitational and president of DWA Canada: "In reality, we're
surprised.  We feel we priced the event really well" (Jim Byers,
TORONTO STAR, 12/8).
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