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HELL NO, THEY WON'T GO! CBA TO RESURFACE IN HARTFORD

     After initially rejecting his first bid to buy the Hellcats
for $750,000 in February, the CBA yesterday announced that
businessman Brian Foley had acquired the the team for $500,000,
according to this morning's HARTFORD COURANT.  Foley, owner of
Avon, CT-based Apple Health Care, received "unanimous approval"
on Friday from the league's 14 owners, but "some reservations
about Hartford remain."  The CBA has set conditions for the team:
Foley must sell 2,500 season tickets and have $400,000 in
corporate sponsorship by July 30.  CBA Commissioner Tom
Valdisseri would not comment on what would happen if the
conditions were not met.  Foley has reportedly made a commitment
to play at the Hartford Civic Center for three seasons, and is
currently working on a lease agreement with the state.  Also,
citing "personal reasons," Foley plans to change the team's name,
with a new one to be chosen through a contest (Roy Hasty,
HARTFORD COURANT, 5/9).  Foley reportedly will not be responsible
for the debts that caused the Hellcats' previous owners, Hartford
Sports and Entertainment Group, to cease operations (Roy Hasty,
HARTFORD COURANT, 5/8).
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