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  • FRONTIERE AND RAMS TAKE CASE TO NFL

         Rams Owner Georgia Frontiere took her case for moving the
    team to St. Louis to fellow NFL owners yesterday in Dallas.  The
    league will now study the proposal before Commissioner Paul
    Tagliabue makes a recommendation on whether to approve or reject
    the move before the league's spring meeting in March.  During a
    "privileged" conference with team owners, Tagliabue said the
    issue of a relocation fee and the Rams plans for revenue they
    will receive from PSL's "was discussed, but not in detail."  He
    declined to say if the league would ask for such a fee, or how
    much it would be.  The Rams have stated they shouldn't have to
    pay a relocation fee (Jim Thomas, ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH, 2/17).
         NOT A SLAM DUNK:  League sources "indicated several owners
    are not yet convinced the Rams have met the league's criteria for
    relocation."  One NFL source: "This is not a slam dunk by any
    means" (Leonard Shapiro, WASHINGTON POST, 2/17).  ESPN's Chris
    Mortenson reported last night that the league is "most concerned"
    about the Rams' failure to negotiate "in good faith" with parties
    in Southern CA to remain in the area.  Save the Rams, a Southern
    CA civic group, has been given 30 days by the league "to document
    it's promise to build a new stadium for the Rams."  Mortenson
    says if Save the Rams is successful in proving their claims, the
    Rams move "won't be rubber stamped, and will spark serious
    debate" at the owners meeting in March ("SportsCenter," ESPN,
    2/16).  If the Rams pay a large moving fee, "they'll get the
    votes next month," according to Bernie Miklasz.  Miklasz says the
    reason for the "foot-dragging" in the move is that the NFL is "a
    cartel, run by a control-freak commissioner" (ST. LOUIS POST
    DISPATCH, 2/17).
    

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  • NEW MANAGEMENT IN MIAMI NOT AFRAID TO STEP INTO THE KITCHEN

         The new ownership of the Heat took out a full-page ad in
    Thursday's MIAMI HERALD and Ft. Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL to
    reassure fans of their commitment to winning.  The ad leads: "We
    Must Admit The Heat Hasn't Exactly Set The World On Fire" and
    features typical complaints from Heat fans, such as: "The Heat
    Doesn't Know How to Draft ... How Could We Blow A 20 Point Lead?
    ...  Do Something, Anything."  The team's response is written at
    the bottom:  "Enough said.  We've heard it all. ... So, we're
    making changes."  The ad announces the recent personnel changes
    and offered a fan give-a-way held at last night's game against
    the Knicks.  The ad ends: "Join Us. ... But hold on to your
    seats.  We're giving it our best shot" (MIAMI HERALD, 2/16).
         HEAT WAVE:  Heat fans have to give new Heat Owner Micky
    Arison "credit" for trying to improve the team, according to
    Edwin Pope of the MIAMI HERALD.  Arison "controls the Heat and he
    can do whatever he wants" (MIAMI HERALD, 2/16).  The HERALD also
    featured a lengthy, Q&A with new GM Dave Wohl.  Wohl on the
    building process: "By the fifth year, I'd like to be in the NBA
    Finals" (Bob Rubin, MIAMI HERALD, 2/16).
    

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  • ROCKIES PARTNER MAY BE FORCED TO SELL HIS SHARE

         Rockies limited partner Oren Benton, once viewed as one of
    the richest men in CO, personally owes creditors $400M and may
    have to sell his share in the team.  Benton, who deals in
    uranium, was sued for failure to deliver $1M of uranium to an
    English utility and for his inability to pay some of his
    employees.  Benton, who meets with creditors today, claimed that
    his problems would not affect the Rockies, and "another general
    partner of the team said Benton's nearly 25% interest would never
    be offered publicly for sale."  Rockies General partner Charles
    Monfort said he and fellow Rockies partner Jerry McMorris would
    be able to purchase Benton's stake "if necessary."  Benton's
    share is reportedly worth between $30M-40M.  Benton's debts grew
    out of uranium trading (Alex Berenson, DENVER POST, 2/17).
    

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