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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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