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RAPTORS MAKE FRONT OFFICE MOVES

     There is a "senior management shuffle quietly under way in
the Raptors offices."  Instead of several "independent
departments run by directors" reporting to team President John
Bitove, the new changes create "several super-departments, giving
key executives more internal clout."  Dir of Corporate
Sponsorships Steve Weber is likely to get a VP title and have Dir
of Broadcasting Chris McCracken report to him.  Dir of Ticketing
Mark Lavaway will now report to VP/Finance Dan Durso.  Brian
Cooper is likely to be named VP in charge of Air Canada Centre,
and Dir of Licensed Products Dave Strickland will report directly
to team VP Isiah Thomas (Craig Daniels, TORONTO SUN, 3/8).
     CONSTRUCTION TO START ON TIME:  A binding agreement has been
signed for the Raptors to purchase the Canada Post property in
downtown Toronto.   Coupled with the team's recent agreement to
purchase the lands surrounding the arena site, that deal will
allow for construction of Air Canada Centre to begin on schedule
in Fall '95.  The team hopes to begin play there by '97-98
(TORONTO STAR, 3/9).
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