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         "Talks to keep the Jets in Winnipeg have turned into a
    battle over day-to-day control" over the team, writes John
    Douglas in this morning's WINNIPEG FREE PRESS.  Douglas reports
    that former majority owner and President Barry Shenkarow, who is
    selling 42% of his share, wants to remain as president and
    governor for at least two years.  Shenkarow will remain as the
    largest investor in the team -- at 11% --however, the new
    ownership has only offered him a seat on the Board.  Shenkarow
    reportedly wants both titles, and "if he can't do both, he
    doesn't want to do either."  Sources say that Shenkarow "told his
    partners yesterday that if he is seen as the obstacle to a deal
    keeping the Jets in Winnipeg, he would leave his shares in the
    hockey club but refuse any leadership role."  NHL Commissioner
    Gary Bettman has already said he would not favor a sale without
    Shenkarow (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 6/2).  Meanwhile, columnist Scott
    Taylor writes that fan interest is waning each day a deal is
    delayed (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 6/2).

    Print | Tags: Franchises, New York Jets, NHL

         Bengals President Mike Brown "probably will visit Baltimore
    to see what's available," because he's "worried more now than
    ever" about his chances of keeping his team in Cincinnati,
    according to Jon Morgan in this morning's Baltimore SUN.  Morgan
    reports that Brown will be "following in the footsteps" of
    Raiders Owner Al Davis, who secretly visited the city in early
    May.  Davis reportedly met with Orioles Owner Peter Angelos and
    had discussions about a local group led by Angelos buying a 40%
    share in the Raiders (Baltimore SUN, 6/2).

    Print | Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Bengals, Franchises, Oakland Raiders

          The Bergen RECORD and NEWARK STAR-LEDGER are suing the NJ
    Sports and Exposition Authority in State Superior Court over the
    NJSEA's failure to disclose lease terms for the teams occupying
    state facilities, according to Richard Sandomir in today's N.Y.
    TIMES.  The papers allege the failure to disclose "violates
    public records laws that require disclosure of documents like the
    lease."  The NJSEA claims that "allowing the leases to be viewed
    by the public would ... dull its competitive edge."  Sandomir
    writes, "The 'loss of competitiveness' argument may be logical
    when applied to squeezing more profit from the concessions at a
    monster truck show than at a circus.  But those are one-day or
    multi-day events, not long-term leases.  There is no daily
    marketplace competition for sports teams with 20-year leases,
    except when a team threatens to move, and that does not happen
    every day."  Sandomir argues that the most compelling argument
    for full disclosure is to show the public the Devils' demands and
    the financial losses the NJSEA may have to suffer to keep them
    (N.Y. TIMES, 6/2).
         HELL-OOO?  In his column on ESPN's SportsZone, Keith
    Olbermann notes that "virtually daring" Devils' fans to call last
    week after he suggested the team has no fan base, ESPN received
    only four calls viewers (ESPN SportsZone).
         DOES SPORTSCHANNEL KNOW SOMETHING?:  SportsChannel New York,
    which holds rights for both the Devils and Islanders, is not
    pursuing contract negotiations with Islanders announcer Jiggs
    McDonald until the Devils situation is resolved.   Steve
    Cavendish of the NASHVILLE BANNER reports that the sports cable
    channel may be waiting to move Devils Broadcaster Mike Emrick to
    the Islanders should the Devils make the move to Nashville

    Print | Tags: ESPN, Franchises, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Walt Disney
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