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  • GIANT FAN FILES SUIT OVER REPLACEMENTS, GETS AIR TIME

         Rafeal Trujillo, a Giants season-ticket holder, has sued the
    team over its policy requiring full payment for tickets "in a
    season that may feature replacement players."  Season-ticket
    holders who fail to pay and renew their tickets will lose their
    seats.  Trujillo's attorneys said they will ask for a court order
    prohibiting the Giants from demanding full payment for
    replacement games (Dennis Opartnry, S.F. EXAMINER, 2/15).  The
    "CBS Evening News" and ABC's "World News Tonight" both profiled
    Trujillo's suit.  S.F. Board of Supervisors member Angela Alioto
    said the board will "probably, with a unanimous vote, say 'it
    [replacement baseball] is not going to happen at Candlestick
    Park'" (CBS, 2/14).  ABC's Brian Rooney profiled Trujillo and the
    policy of MLB teams who ask their season ticket holders to pay up
    or lose their seats.  Rooney said fans are also suing in New
    York, Miami and Dallas (ABC, 2/14).
    

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  • SPURS LOOK AT IHL TEAM AS ICING ON THE ALAMODOME CAKE

         An official for the Spurs "confirmed that the organization
    is exploring the idea of securing" an IHL franchise to play at
    the Alamodome, according to this morning's SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-
    NEWS.  Spurs VP of Business Operations Russ Bookbinder said the
    team has looked "at all different opportunities."  Bookbinder:
    "We looked at the CFL.  We looked at IHL hockey.  But there
    really is nothing imminent."  IHL VP/Communications Tim Bryant
    said a San Antonio group has expressed an interest in joining the
    league, but he didn't know if the city would be added to the
    league's expansion list for '95-96.  San Francisco and Orlando
    have already been announced as new franchises for '95-96 (Briggs
    & Griffin, SAN ANTONIO NEWS-EXPRESS, 2/15).
    

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  • THREE OF PIRATES' CURRENT OWNERS LOOK TO STAY ON BOARD

         "Just what do the mighty corporate owners of the Pirates
    want?," asks Suzanne Elliot in the PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES.
    They have a "qualified buyer" in Adelphia Communications Chair
    John Rigas, but with the Rigas sale still pending, three current
    owners "want to retain their stake" in the team.  Businessman
    Eugene Litman, Carnegie Mellon University and PNC Bank Corp. are
    all willing to be a part of any ownership group that Rigas puts
    together.  The three current owners would strengthen Rigas' bid
    and reduce the amount of cash he would need to buy the team.  In
    discussing the potential losses of the current ownership group
    (six companies, a university and three private investors), Elliot
    writes that Pirate ownership "wants their money back -- with
    interest.  It doesn't seem to matter if their corporate images
    are tarnished in their hometown."  (PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES,
    2/19 issue).
    

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