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STATE OF CONNECTICUT TAKES CONTROL OF ARENA COYOTES

     The Connecticut Development Authority, "seeking to protect
its investment in the Connecticut Coyotes, has assumed ownership"
of the Arena Football team from the Hartford Sports and
Entertainment Group (HSEG).  According to Joseph Cohen, a
spokesperson for the Authority, the state will take over the
franchise with "an intent" to sell the team, and "to preserve to
value of the Coyotes and the franchise." Cohen said the Authority
hopes to sell the team to Hartford investors, and plans on
keeping the Coyotes in CT.  The team is scheduled to being play
in May at the Hartford Civic Center (Roy Hasty, HARTFORD COURANT,
1/23).
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