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         CFL Commissioner Larry Smith announced that he was
    suspending the Las Vegas Posse franchise for the '95 season,
    leaving the league "with a cumbersome 13 teams, an unbalanced
    schedule and a seeming credibility crisis," according to the
    Baltimore SUN's Ken Murray.  The death of the Posse marks the
    first failure of a U.S.-based CFL franchise, after repeated
    efforts to place the team in Los Angeles, Mobile, AL, and
    Jackson, MS, all failed.  Baltimore CFL owner Jim Speros says a
    deal to sell the team to Northern VA investor William Collins and
    move them to Jackson failed when the Posse's owners asked for an
    additional $250,000 on top of the $1.8M sale price.  Speros adds
    that the Vegas owners, Glenn Golenberg and Marshall Geller,
    threatened a lawsuit when the league "talked about revoking the
    publicly held franchise and awarding a new franchise to Collins
    in Jackson."  Speros says the Posse's demise could be beneficial
    for any U.S. TV-contract in the league's future:  "Some people
    have said to me, 'It seems like minor league to go to
    Mississippi.'  That's what I first thought too" (Baltimore SUN,
         MONTREAL IN '96?  New Rough Riders owner Horn Chen has
    acquired the rights to the Montreal market as part of his deal to
    acquire the team and is negotiating to help put a CFL team there
    for the '96 season.  Chen's intent is not to move the Riders, but
    to "renew the team's rivalry" with Montreal, according to Chen
    spokesperson Al Howell.  Former Riders president Phil Kershaw
    will be assigned to redevelop the CFL market in Montreal (TORONTO
    SUN, 4/4).

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         Raiders Executive Assistant Al LoCastle denied reports that
    the team has told the NFL to hold off on travel plans to Southern
    CA as they consider an offer to play in Baltimore for the '95
    season.  LoCastle: "The schedules are not even out yet.  How
    could we tell anyone not to come here when we don't even know
    what the schedule is?"  According to today's OAKLAND TRIBUNE,
    "behind the scenes" efforts continue in an effort to lure the
    Raiders back to Oakland.  LoCastle:  "We used to joke, just get
    on the plane and by the time you get to the Rockies call us and
    we'll tell you whether to bend north (to Oakland) or south (to
    Los Angeles).  But seriously, no, there's been nothing like that"
    (David Li, OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 4/5).

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