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NORDIQUES HAVE ONE DAY TO STUDY NEW PROPOSAL

     The Nordiques have until Thursday to examine a proposal by
the Province of Quebec intended to keep the team in Canada.
Nordiques Co-Owner Marcel Aubut was given the proposal yesterday,
according to Premier Jacques Parizeau. Parizeau said both sides
agreed to keep the details of the deal a secret:  "During these
48 hours, we will discuss it and try to get it moving" (TORONTO
STAR, 5/10).  The offer was expected to include a demand that the
Province have part ownership of the team, in exchange for the
team dropping its demands that a casino or lottery help finance
the team (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 5/10).  The team reportedly has a
US $75M offer from Comsat Video to relocate to Denver.
     RAPTORS COOL TO IHL:  The Raptors' interest in buying an IHL
team "may have cooled," according to Craig Daniels in this
morning's TORONTO SUN.  IHL VP Communications Tim Bryant:
"They've backed off on their interest at this time, is what they
told us."  Raptors President John Bitove said the team's interest
in the IHL was "preliminary at best" and that they are focused on
their efforts to get the Air Canada Centre through the zoning
process (TORONTO SUN, 5/10).
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