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  • BRUINS MAY SUBSTITUTE THIRD UNIFORM INSTEAD OF CHANGES

         While the Bruins had submitted several designs for a new
    uniform to the NHL office, they are considering keeping their
    traditional logo and instead adding a new uniform for special
    occasions, according to Joe Gordon of the BOSTON HERALD.  Bruins
    GM Harry Sinden: "We fooled around with the logo, but the logo is
    too strong (to change).  We haven't felt we've been on the right
    track" (BOSTON HERALD, 2/5).
    

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  • CFL NEWS & NOTES: HERRICK A POSSIBLE ROUGH RIDER?

         The Rough Riders will court three potential U.S. buyers this
    week.  The team is expected to be sold by Thursday to one of the
    three prospective owners, "all of whom are determined to try and
    make it work in Ottawa" with the price tag at C$1.5M.  Scheduled
    to meet with the Rough Riders are Norton Herrick, the FL-based
    developer who is also seeking an MLB franchise for Orlando;
    Elliot Maises, a beer and wine distributor in Orlando; and Horn
    Chen, a Chicago restaurateur who also owns three minor league
    hockey teams and a majority share of the CHL (Vancouver PROVINCE,
    2/7).
    

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  • RIGAS AND PIRATES CLOSE TO A DEAL

         The Pirates and Adelphia Communications Corp. Chair John
    Rigas have "basically agreed on financial terms" for a deal, but
    the sides have not agreed on who will pay the team's bills this
    season.  Team owners are "generally agreeable" to Rigas' $85.15M
    offer, but the team anticipates $13M-$15M in losses this season,
    and owners want Rigas to pay for "debts incurred while they wait
    for major-league owners to ratify the sale, a move that could
    take 4-8 months."  Rigas has agreed to "assume" $60M of the
    current owners' debt and $27M owed to the city's Urban
    Redevelopment Authority, but he is "hesitant" to take on more of
    the team's liability (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 2/7).
    

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  • ROCKIES SELL OUT EXHIBITION IN UNDER FOUR HOURS

         The Rockies announced that tickets available for the two-
    game pre-season exhibition series with the Yankees were sold in
    under four hours on Saturday.  The tickets purchased came from a
    pool of season ticket holders who did not wish to include those
    in their season packages, and remaining seats not committed on a
    season basis.  Rockies Senior VP/GM Bob Gebhard: "This shows that
    fans are ready for the season to begin and to get the first look
    at what will be the best baseball facility in the world in Coors
    Field" (Rockies).
    

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  • SAVE THE RAMS MEETS WITH NFL OFFICIAL TO STATE THEIR CASE

         Save the Rams, the civic group trying to keep the Rams in
    Southern CA, met with NFL VP of Business Development Roger
    Goodell to outline their offer to the Rams.  Save the Rams
    leaders stated their offer is at "least equal to the relocation
    agreement the Rams signed in St. Louis, and claimed the team
    "deliberately alienated fans the past few years to meet NFL
    guidelines for a transfer."  The group did not provide the NFL
    with identities of potential stadium investors and team buyers,
    although the group's financial adviser, Wayne Wedin, said an
    announcement would be made this week.  The ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
    is reporting that two Orange County businessman are interested in
    the club:  George Argyros, former owner of the Mariners, and
    William Foley III, a real estate and fast food investor.  Save
    the Rams has asked permission from the league to make a formal
    presentation on their offer to keep the team to all 30 NFL owners
    at the league meetings in March.  Wedin expressed confidence such
    a request would be granted:  "We were told there is precedent for
    that happening" (Michele Himmelberg, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER,
    2/7).
    

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  • ST. LOUIS BOARD APPROVES RAMS LEASE; MUHLEMAN BATTING 1.000?

         The St. Louis Convention and Tourism Committee voted
    unanimously to approve the 30-year lease for the Rams in the
    city's new downtown domed stadium.  The question of who will pay
    for a practice facility for the team is still under negotiation,
    as the Board of Alderman recently voted to limit the city of St.
    Louis to a payment of $5M for any such facility (Fred Lindecke,
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 2/7).
         THE MUHLEMAN DOCTRINE: Max Muhleman, the "patron saint of
    the personal seat licenses," is profiled by Lorraine Kee in this
    morning's ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH.  Muhleman is in demand, as
    over six pro teams have approached him about PSL's.  Muhleman:
    "Where people try to do this as a profit for the team, I would
    question that.  You have to take care of the fan first. ...
    Sports fans have ... been left out of the sports partnership."
    Muhleman sees PSL's as a way for teams to stay in their community
    and not put "such a strain on the taxpayer" (ST. LOUIS POST-
    DISPATCH, 2/7).
    

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