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  • BICKERSTAFF'S NEW NUGGETS ROLE WAS NO DEMOTION FOR LEIWEKE

         Despite reports characterizing Nuggets President Tim
    Leiweke's reassignment last week as a step down, today's DENVER
    POST describes the change as "hardly a demotion."  Leiweke now
    shifts from "overseeing the Nuggets basketball operations to
    heading COMSAT's Rocky Mountain Entertainment."  And, with that
    position, Leiweke has become "something of an entertainment czar
    in the Central Platte Valley."  Leiweke will be responsible for
    atrracting an NHL team to Denver and managing construction of a
    proposed $130M "state-of-the-art" arena.  Leiweke:  "People ended
    up thinking it was some sort of power struggle, and it wasn't"
    (Chance Conner, DENVER POST, 3/2).
    

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  • BREWERS MAY LOOK TO PUT UECKER IN THE FRONT ROW

         In an effort to "help sell what has been the last-place club
    the past two years," the Brewers may use long-time broadcaster
    Bob Uecker in the team's TV spots.  Uecker has been doing spots
    for the IHL Milwaukee Admirals for the past three years that "may
    be among the best ever produced in the Milwaukee area."  His
    "comedic antics" are cited for helping the Admirals
    "significantly" at the box office, "and the Brewers obviously are
    looking for similar results."  Uecker:  "I don't know why we
    didn't do it before.  I don't know if they didn't want to ask me
    or what.  I offered to do it three years ago."  Although Brewers
    officials "would not confirm" that plans, it is reported that
    they already have an advertising deal lined up with
    Laughlin/Constable Inc. of Milwaukee (Bob Berghaus, MILWAUKEE
    JOURNAL, 3/1).
    

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  • CFL ISSUES "FINAL" DEADLINE FOR RIDERS/POSSE

         The CFL extended their Tuesday deadline yesterday issuing
    another "final" deadline "in an attempt to sell the floundering"
    Rough Riders and Posse.  However, despite "the ultimatum," the
    franchises "are still alive" (CP/Vancouver PROVINCE, 3/2).  The
    Rough Riders are now being sought by Shreveport Pirates' GM Dean
    Albrecht after Elliot Maisel of Mobile, AL, withdrew his bid.
    Albrecht reportedly met with CFL Commissioner Larry Smith last
    week in what was described as an "excellent conversation."
    Negotiations on the Posse moving to Jackson, MS, have broken off
    and "as stipulated by the league, a proposal must be submitted by
    the end of the week" (Marty York, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 3/2).
    

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  • GLAZERS FEEL GOOD ABOUT MEETING

         Malcolm Glazer and his sons Joel and Bryan came away from
    yesterday's meeting with the NFL's Finance Committee "optimistic
    they will be approved to buy the Bucs" for $192M later this
    month.  Joel Glazer:  "Things went very well and we're very
    excited.  The process is moving forward.  Everything's right on
    track for approval at the March meeting."  The committee will
    meet again on March 11-12 in Phoenix "prior to the annual league
    meeting, when it will formulate its reccommendation to
    Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and the owners" (Nick Pugliese, TAMPA
    TRIBUNE, 3/2).
    

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