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  • BENGALS' BROWN GIVES CINCINNATI A YEAR-END DEADLINE

         Bengals President & GM Mike Brown says local officials have
    until the end of the year to guarantee a new football stadium.
    Meanwhile, Brown says he will let Baltimore officials "woo" him
    during that time.  Brown admitted he has met with MD officials
    about moving the Bengals, saying he needs to have "alternatives."
    Brown:  "If one alternative is a bird-in-the-hand and the other
    is a promise to review the issue further, I don't know how long
    we can ride with that."  In an interview in this morning's
    CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, Brown says he is "not convinced that local
    business and political leaders are serious about building a new
    stadium," even if some officials have said they will do whatever
    is necessary to keep the team.  Brown added he is "confused" by
    mixed signals from city and business leaders and that he is "no
    longer certain" he would accept a plan to raze Riverfront Stadium
    and build a new stadium on that site while the team plays on the
    road for two years.  The ENQUIRER also reports that Maryland
    Stadium Authority Chair John Moag met with Brown in Cincinnati in
    the past two weeks.  A state-funded stadium near Camden Yards
    would generate as much as $25M/year for a team, while Riverfront
    Stadium "produces a fraction of that."  Any team that moves to
    Baltimore would reportedly play rent-free, while in Cincinnati,
    the Bengals pay rent based on attendance and other factors.  Moag
    says any team planning on moving to Baltimore must commit by the
    fall; he expects stadium funding to be channeled to public
    education in January if it is not used (Richard Green, CINCINNATI
    ENQUIRER, 4/19).
    

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  • BLUE JAYS FOCUS ON FANS' STOMACHS -- CUT BEER, FOOD PRICES

         The Blue Jays, a team that averaged over 4 million fans for
    each complete season since '91, are responding to a decline in
    fan interest this year with discounts on food and beer at
    SkyDome.  With 12,000 tickets remaining for their home opener and
    declines in group sales, the Jays are "going to be doing a lot of
    things to try and get people back."  However, SkyDome Dir of Ops
    George Holm denied any "sense of panic."  Holm: "There's no
    question, from the time the World Series was cancelled on, we
    knew it was going to take time to win people back."  In addition
    to the C$1 discount on beer and various discounts on food, the
    team will give fans free admission to an April 23 exhibition
    against the Mets, and offer half-price food and soft drinks to
    that game (Robert McCloud, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 4/18).
    

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  • DONE DEAL FOR NORDS IN DENVER, PROVIDED THEY LEAVE QUEBEC

         Comsat has negotiated a deal to buy the Nordiques for $75M
    should the team leave Quebec, according to sources close to the
    deal cited in yesterday's ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS.  Although Comsat
    President Charlie Lyons would not comment on the deal, sources
    said it "had been completed in principle" and Comsat must now
    "await results of talks between the Quebec government and the
    Nordiques."  Quebec Premier Jacques Parizeau announced last week
    that his adminstration would make recommendations on financing a
    new arena by mid-May -- about the time a final contract and plans
    for Denver's new Pepsi Center go before the Denver City Council
    (Curtis Eichelberger, ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 4/18).
    

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  • FINANCIAL WORLD'S YEARLY FRANCHISE VALUATION

         In their upcoming May 9 issue, FINANCIAL WORLD releases its
    annual franchise valuations for teams in the four major sports
    leagues.  Overall, franchise values rose by 8.1% over the past
    year.  On average, NBA teams increased most (15.1%), followed by
    NHL (14.6%), NFL (4.8%) and MLB franchises (3.3%).  The values
    are in millions:
    
    
    NFL
    VALUE
    +/- '94
    MLB
    VALUE
    +/- '94
    Cowboys
    $238
    +25%
    Yankees
    $185
    +11%
    Dolphins
    186
    +16
    Orioles
    164
    +27
    49ers
    186
    +11
    Rangers
    157
    +19
    Eagles
    182
    + 6
    White Sox
    152
    +14
    Bills
    172
    + 5
    Blue Jays
    146
    - 3
    Chiefs
    172
    +12
    Red Sox
    143
    + 1
    Saints
    171
    +11
    Dodgers
    143
    + 4
    Giants
    168
    - 5
    Cubs
    135
    +12
    Browns
    163
    - 1
    Mets
    134
    - 9
    Bears
    161
    + 1
    Braves
    120
    +25
    Oilers
    158
    + 1
    Rockies
    117
    + 6
    Falcons
    156
    + 5
    Cardinals
    110
    + 5
    Cardinals
    155
    + 6
    Indians
    103
    + 3
    Vikings
    154
    + 5
    Giants
    102
    + 9
    Packers
    154
    + 9
    Athletics
    101
    -11
    Chargers
    153
    + 8
    Phillies
    96
    0
    Rams
    153
    + 3
    Royals
    96
    + 2
    Seahawks
    152
    + 3
    Marlins
    92
    +14
    Redskins
    151
    - 4
    Astros
    92
    + 8
    Buccaneers
    151
    + 6
    Angels
    88
    - 5
    Patriots
    151
    + 6
    Reds
    84
    - 3
    Broncos
    150
    + 2
    Tigers
    83
    - 7
    Jets
    149
    + 5
    Twins
    80
    - 3
    Raiders
    145
    - 1
    Mariners
    76
    - 5
    Steelers
    144
    0
    Expos
    76
    + 1
    Lions
    141
    + 2
    Brewers
    75
    -22
    Bengals
    137
    - 4
    Padres
    74
    -13
    Colts
    134
    - 5
    Pirates
    70
    -11
     
    NBA
    VALUE
    +/- '94
    NHL
    VALUE
    +/- '94
    Pistons
    $180
    +17%
    Red Wings
    $124
    +20%
    Knicks
    173
    +27
    Mighty Ducks
    108
    n/a
    Lakers
    169
    + 1
    Rangers
    108
    +33
    Bulls
    166
    +11
    Bruins
    106
    +20
    Suns
    156
    +45
    Blackhawks
    102
    +27
    Cavaliers
    133
    +13
    Maple Leaf
    s 90
    +18
    Trailblazers
    132
    + 9
    Canucks
    87
    +27
    Celtics
    127
    + 8
    Canadiens
    86
    + 5
    Jazz
    127
    +29
    Flyers
    85
    +23
    Supersonics
    119
    +24
    Kings
    81
    - 4
    Spurs
    110
    +10
    Penguins
    75
    +21
    Hornets
    110
    + 6
    Blues
    69
    +16
    Kings
    108
    +29
    Sharks
    66
    +26
    Magic
    101
    +20
    Sabres
    60
    + 9
    Timberwolves
    99
    + 8
    Capitals
    59
    +25
    Bullets
    96
    +23
    Senators
    56
    +11
    Rockets
    95
    +13
    Lightning
    55
    +41
    Warriors
    93
    +10
    Devils
    54
    + 6
    Bucks
    92
    +20
    Islanders
    53
    + 1
    Nets
    92
    +17
    Flames
    50
    - 1
    Nuggets
    88
    +27
    Stars
    50
    + 7
    Heat
    88
    +15
    Nordiques
    49
    +13
    Clippers
    87
    + 4
    Panthers
    47
    n/a
    Hawks
    84
    +16
    Whalers
    43
    - 6
    76ers
    81
    - 2
    Oilers
    42
    -10
    Mavericks
    81
    + 2
    Jets
    35
    0
    Pacers
    77
    +15
    NFL
    VALUE
    +/- '94
    MLB
    VALUE
    +/- '94
    Cowboys
    $238
    +25%
    Yankees
    $185
    +11%
    Dolphins
    186
    +16
    Orioles
    164
    +27
    49ers
    186
    +11
    Rangers
    157
    +19
    Eagles
    182
    + 6
    White Sox
    152
    +14
    Bills
    172
    + 5
    Blue Jays
    146
    - 3
    Chiefs
    172
    +12
    Red Sox
    143
    + 1
    Saints
    171
    +11
    Dodgers
    143
    + 4
    Giants
    168
    - 5
    Cubs
    135
    +12
    Browns
    163
    - 1
    Mets
    134
    - 9
    Bears
    161
    + 1
    Braves
    120
    +25
    Oilers
    158
    + 1
    Rockies
    117
    + 6
    Falcons
    156
    + 5
    Cardinals
    110
    + 5
    Cardinals
    155
    + 6
    Indians
    103
    + 3
    Vikings
    154
    + 5
    Giants
    102
    + 9
    Packers
    154
    + 9
    Athletics
    101
    -11
    Chargers
    153
    + 8
    Phillies
    96
    0
    Rams
    153
    + 3
    Royals
    96
    + 2
    Seahawks
    152
    + 3
    Marlins
    92
    +14
    Redskins
    151
    - 4
    Astros
    92
    + 8
    Buccaneers
    151
    + 6
    Angels
    88
    - 5
    Patriots
    151
    + 6
    Reds
    84
    - 3
    Broncos
    150
    + 2
    Tigers
    83
    - 7
    Jets
    149
    + 5
    Twins
    80
    - 3
    Raiders
    145
    - 1
    Mariners
    76
    - 5
    Steelers
    144
    0
    Expos
    76
    + 1
    Lions
    141
    + 2
    Brewers
    75
    -22
    Bengals
    137
    - 4
    Padres
    74
    -13
    Colts
    134
    - 5
    Pirates
    70
    -11
     
    NBA
    VALUE
    +/- '94
    NHL
    VALUE
    +/- '94
    Pistons
    $180
    +17%
    Red Wings
    $124
    +20%
    Knicks
    173
    +27
    Mighty Ducks
    108
    n/a
    Lakers
    169
    + 1
    Rangers
    108
    +33
    Bulls
    166
    +11
    Bruins
    106
    +20
    Suns
    156
    +45
    Blackhawks
    102
    +27
    Cavaliers
    133
    +13
    Maple Leaf
    s 90
    +18
    Trailblazers
    132
    + 9
    Canucks
    87
    +27
    Celtics
    127
    + 8
    Canadiens
    86
    + 5
    Jazz
    127
    +29
    Flyers
    85
    +23
    Supersonics
    119
    +24
    Kings
    81
    - 4
    Spurs
    110
    +10
    Penguins
    75
    +21
    Hornets
    110
    + 6
    Blues
    69
    +16
    Kings
    108
    +29
    Sharks
    66
    +26
    Magic
    101
    +20
    Sabres
    60
    + 9
    Timberwolves
    99
    + 8
    Capitals
    59
    +25
    Bullets
    96
    +23
    Senators
    56
    +11
    Rockets
    95
    +13
    Lightning
    55
    +41
    Warriors
    93
    +10
    Devils
    54
    + 6
    Bucks
    92
    +20
    Islanders
    53
    + 1
    Nets
    92
    +17
    Flames
    50
    - 1
    Nuggets
    88
    +27
    Stars
    50
    + 7
    Heat
    88
    +15
    Nordiques
    49
    +13
    Clippers
    87
    + 4
    Panthers
    47
    n/a
    Hawks
    84
    +16
    Whalers
    43
    - 6
    76ers
    81
    - 2
    Oilers
    42
    -10
    Mavericks
    81
    + 2
    Jets
    35
    0
    Pacers
    77
    +15

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  • TOUGH TIMES IN THE IRON CITY

         PENGUINS REVEAL UP TO $6M IN LOSSES:  The 103-day NHL
    lockout could cost the Penguins up to $5-$6M in losses this
    season, marking the first time the team will lose money under
    owner Howard Baldwin's four-year reign.  The losses "will just
    about wipe out" the estimated $6M in profits the team made in
    Baldwin's first three years.  Baldwin:  "We have to accept that
    as the price to be paid to get a revised collective bargaining
    agreement."  Lost revenue is due mainly to lost home games and Tv
    appearances on KBL sports network (Steve Halvonik, PITTSBURGH
    POST-GAZETTE, 4/15).
         ROUGH SAILING FOR THE PIRATES:  A survey of 984 people by
    the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE and KDKA-TV (April 10-13) "gives
    credence to the idea that Pittsburgh isn't a great baseball
    town."  The poll shows that 58% have no plans to attend any games
    in '95.  Adelphia Communications Chair John Rigas said the
    numbers "are a little bit more negative than I would have
    expected" but that they would not "affect his attempts to acquire
    the Pirates."  Other numbers:  57% oppose the use of public funds
    to keep the Pirates in Pittsburgh (Tom Barnes, PITTSBURGH POST-
    GAZETTE, 4/17).
    

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