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  • ARE LES NORDIQUES HEADED FOR THE HILLS? COMSAT BID REPORTED

         Nuggets-owner Comsat has offered $75M to buy the Nordiques
    and move them to Denver, according to a report in Saturday's
    TORONTO SUN.  The team would reportedly play in the new
    arena/studio complex planned for the Nuggets that will open in
    '97 (Al Strachan, TORONTO SUN, 2/18).  Comsat President Charlie
    Lyons denied the offer in Sunday's ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, but
    "conceded there's a chance an NHL team could move to Denver."
    Lyons: "We're not going to get riled up every time someone writes
    a speculative article or someone passes a rumor around.  The
    likely scenario is going to be expansion." One "NHL Insider" says
    Nordiques' Co-owner Marcel Aubut "could be bluffing" for a new
    arena in Quebec. Possible obstacles:  The NHL's "desire to avoid
    uprooting franchises, especially in Canada"; Quebec's Olympic bid
    could bring a new arena;  NHL owners' desire to grant Denver an
    expansion team (Clay Latimer, ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 2/19).  In
    Boston, Kevin Paul Dupont writes that a move would rid the league
    "of one of its small-market headaches and perhaps its most
    cantankerous and belligerent owner. ... Comsat could be the Ted
    Turner-like broadcast partner/visionary the league needs" (BOSTON
    GLOBE, 2/20).  Last week, the ARIZONA REPUBLIC reported that
    Phoenix could be a possible site for the Nordiques (Toronto GLOBE
    & MAIL, 2/17).
         NHL TARGETS?  Sunday's ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS quotes one NHL
    insider as saying the NHL wants to expand "by six more cities by
    the year 2000."  Possibilities: Denver, Phoenix, Atlanta,
    Houston, Portland and Minneapolis (Clay Latimer, ROCKY MOUNTAIN
    NEWS, 2/20)  In the Twin Cities, Charley Walters reports there is
    a second local group interested in buying an NHL team for the
    Target Center other than T-Wolves owner Glen Taylor (SAINT PAUL
    PIONEER-PRESS, 2/19).
    

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  • PENS OWNER BALDWIN INTERESTED IN PIRATES AGAIN

          Robert Caporale, an attorney for Penguins owner Howard
    Baldwin, met with the Pirates' investment bank Thursday,
    representing Baldwin as one of four prospective buyers of the
    club.  The other three groups, who also met with Wertheim
    Schroder were not identified.  Caporale said the talks were
    "general in nature," and did not deal with team finances.  Last
    year, the Pirates owners rejected a $83M bid for the team from
    Baldwin, citing a belief that he did not have enough cash to own
    and operate the team.  Jeff Moffie, a Cleveland investment
    manager who last week withdrew a reportedly $90M offer for the
    team, was not invited to the meetings.  Wertheim Schroder CEO
    James Harmon says the $85.15M bid from Adelphia Communications
    Chair John Rigas "remained very much alive."  Harmon added that
    even if Rigas fails to buy the team, he believes the Pirates will
    stay in Pittsburgh:  "That might change, but I think (the chance
    of the team moving) has been exaggerated by the media" (Steve
    Halvonik, PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 2/17).  Steelers President Dan
    Rooney said his family would consider buying the Pirates again if
    it meant "only as a last resort" to keep them from moving
    (AP/ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 2/19).
    

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