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  • AREA BUSINESS LEADERS COMMIT TO TICKET SALES FOR BREWERS

         The Milwaukee business community committed yesterday to
    increase Brewers' season ticket sales by 25% starting this year
    as part of a six-year promise to financially support the team.
    This morning's MILWAUKEE SENTINEL reports the business leaders
    also guaranteed 2.2M in attendance at a new Brewers stadium,
    which is "a critical step toward cementing the club's future in
    Milwaukee."  The ticket promise is worth about $2M in new ticket
    sales in '95 with an increase from 8,000 season tickets in '94 to
    10,000.  Metropolitan Milwaukee Chamber Chair Robert O'Toole said
    the promise "was valid regardless of whether the Brewers field a
    team of replacement players this spring."  O'Toole said area
    businesses would buy any unsold season tickets to meet the annual
    goals, and announced that business leaders will "launch a
    statewide season ticket sales campaign."  Brewers VP/Sales Jeff
    Eisenberg said the effort will also include advertising and other
    marketing efforts "well beyond what the Brewers could afford to
    do on their own."  A ticket guarantee was expected to be part of
    the efforts by the community to help the Brewers build a new
    stadium, and the guarantee of attendance leading up to the
    construction and opening of a new stadium provides a "key revenue
    source" for the team (James Nelson, MILWAUKEE SENTINEL, 1/24).
    

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  • FLIGHTS OF THE BULLETS MAKING NEWS IN WASHINGTON

         After remarks by former Bullet Tom Gugliotta, and current
    player Chris Webber questioning the organization's care of its
    players, Bullets President Susan O'Malley  defended Bullets Owner
    Abe Pollin and the organization in this morning's WASHINGTON
    TIMES.  Webber recently complained  regarding lack of space in
    their charter flights, and the food served on the flights. The
    Bullets have a deal with USAir for the season.  O'Malley said if
    players have a complaint, "we want to be accommodating."  A
    survey by the TIMES notes that of 23 teams reached, nine own or
    lease their own plane, 13 teams fly charters, and one team, the
    Bucks, split time between commercial and charter flights.  The
    Jazz was the only team reached that flew "strictly commercial" --
     because the team has an agreement with Delta Airlines, which
    owns naming rights to the team's arena.  The Jazz "will not
    charter with other airlines."  Two Bullet players recently
    complained on the food USAir was serving on flights, and the team
    has switched to a catered menu.  It is unlikely Pollin would
    purchase a plane for the team, since he would probably have to do
    the same for his NHL Capitals (Frank Hughes, WASHINGTON TIMES,
    1/24).
    

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  • GOV. EDWARDS SAYS ZEPHYRS SOLD TO LOCAL GROUP

         LA Governor Edwin Edwards said an annoucement would be made
    this week regarding the purchase of the Class AAA Zephyrs by a
    "local group."  Edwards would not reveal the name of the buyers,
    but New Orleans attorney Rob Couhig has been attempting to
    purchase the team from current owner John Dikeou.  The two
    reportedly met last week in Denver.  The Zephyrs are scheduled to
    move into a $20M, 10,000 seat stadium to be built in Metairie in
    time for the '96 season.  The team sale, for a "minor-league
    record" $8.5M, reportedly has been on and off for months (Peter
    Barrouquere, New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 1/21).
    

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  • STEINBRENNER SAYS HE IS NOT READY TO LEAVE THE BRONX

         Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner has rejected parts of the
    city's $380M plan to "keep the team in the Bronx," according to a
    report in this morning's N.Y. POST.  City officials have since
    formulated a new plan and submitted it back to Steinbrenner, but
    no details of the proposal were released.  Steinbrenner dismissed
    a report in this week's NEW YORK OBSERVER that he has decided "to
    abandon the Bronx" and had met secretly with officials at the New
    Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.  Through a spokesperson,
    Steinbrenner said:  "We haven't made up our minds yet as to what
    we will do."  Steinbrenner met yesterday with city officials,
    including NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, about the city's proposal
    (David Seifman, N.Y. POST, 1/24).
    

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