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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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