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  • PARIZEAU SAYS "NON" TO TAXPAYER BAILOUT OF NORDS; REFERENDUM

         Quebec Premier Jacques Parizeau yesterday said he would not
    support a taxpayer-funded bailout of the Nordiques.  Parizeau
    told the Quebec National Assembly that he would like to keep the
    team in the province's capital city, "but has no intentions of
    handing out millions of taxpayers' dollars."  Parizeau:  "The
    hockey industry, if I can call it that, has been terribly managed
    over the last few years.  Players salary increases, along with
    other expenses are so rampant that for seven or eight teams, and
    maybe as many as 10 or 12, you have to wonder what their chances
    are of succeeding in relatively small markets" (Rheal Seguin,
    Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 4/7).  Nordiques Owner Marcel Aubut wants
    government help to finance a new C$125M arena and to pay the
    team's annual deficits (estimated at C$10M this year) until the
    facility is completed.  Aubut has given the government a May
    deadline.  Parizeau says he will announce his government
    intentions within a month, with a lottery as a possible revenue-
    maker.  Parizeau, interviewed on a pre-game hockey talk show,
    said the government "would consider pumping some money into the
    team if private interests were also investing" (Andy Riga,
    Montreal GAZETTE, 4/7).
         VOTE DELAYED: Parizeau has confirmed that he will not put
    Quebec separation on the ballot this spring.  Support for
    separation from Canada "seldom tops" 45% in polls (Charles
    Trueheart, WASHINGTON POST, 4/7).  Many believe a vote for
    secession could damage both the bid for a new arena and Quebec
    City's chances for landing the 2002 Games.
    

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  • RAMS NEWEST OFFER TO NFL SAID TO BE WORTH NEARLY $40M

         Two sources say the Rams' latest offer to the NFL to allow
    them to move to St. Louis is worth nearly $40M, according to Jim
    Thomas in this morning's ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH.  Rams President
    John Shaw "would neither confirm or deny" that figure, but said
    yesterday, "It's a lot of money, isn't it?  Most of it's up
    front, more than 50 percent of it."  The team offered the NFL
    $25M three weeks ago at the NFL meetings in Phoenix, but owners
    voted it down 21-3.  The owners reportedly wanted $50M.  Shaw
    increased the offer on March 27-28 in meetings with NFL
    Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.  Shaw says he has not spoken with
    Tagliabue since then and doesn't expect to until the commissioner
    returns from a European vacation in time for Wednesday's NFL
    owners meeting in Dallas.  Shaw said he didn't know if the Rams
    move would be voted on at that meeting: "There might be other
    issues discussed; I think there might be other alternatives
    discussed" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 4/7).
    

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  • WINNIPEG CITY COUNCIL, MEC HEAD FOR MAY 1 JETS DEADLINE

         The Winnipeg City Council is scheduled to vote April 19 on a
    zoning amendment that would allow the Manitoba Entertainment
    Complex (MEC) to build a new arena for the Jets.  If the zoning
    for the facility is approved, Mayor Susan Thompson says the
    council will look at the MEC's final business plan for approval
    of the project on April 28.  The MEC, a group of local business
    leaders, has until May 1 to submit a deposit to buy the Jets and
    keep them in Winnipeg (Nick Martin, WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 4/7).
    

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