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HERE'S THE DEAL: STARS SAY NHL WOULD WELCOME PEROT

     Based on an introductory meeting between NHL Commissioner
Gary Bettman and Ross Perot Jr. last Friday, Stars President Jim
Lites said yesterday that a sale of a part of the team to Perot
"would be easily approved by the NHL," according to Terry Egan in
today's DALLAS MORNING NEWS.  Lites:  "Mr. Bettman has talked
with Mr. Perot, and he indicated to us that he does not see a
problem with these particular people."  Lites believes that
bringing in Perot would strengthen the team's position for a new
arena --because Perot "has the kind of political clout that would
help the Stars in that area" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 5/12).  In
Fort Worth, Mike Heika writes that Perot's interest in the Stars
"stirred hope among Irving city officials."  Irving is trying to
get the team to move there, and Perot owns "considerable" land in
Irving and a half-interest in the Studios at Las Colinas (next to
Liberty Sports).  Irving council members "expressed hope" that
Perot will build an arena across from that site (FT. WORTH STAR-
TELEGRAM, 5/11).
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