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         Despite "jeers" over the decision to name M.L. Carr as
    coach, publicly traded units of the Boston Celtics Limited
    Partnership "barely moved" on Tuesday, according to Steven Syre &
    Tom Nutile of the BOSTON HERALD.  One reason is that there are
    enough "set, guaranteed or sure-thing" revenue lines that make
    the Celtics "financially bulletproof" for a couple of years.
    Money from the sale of WFXT-TV is "almost in hand," NBA TV
    contracts and expansion fees are just a few of the sources of
    steady income for the team.  In addition, the Celtics will play
    in the new FleetCenter next year.  Investment analyst Peter Russ:
    "The history of the new stadium is that you can be in last and
    still sell out"  (BOSTON HERALD, 6/21).  Celtics Chair Paul
    Gaston was interviewed by Mark Murphy in yesterday's BOSTON
    HERALD.  Gaston:  "I've publicly said that I've turned down a
    couple of great offers in the last year or so, and certainly
    nothing has changed. ... I'm willing to spend whatever it takes
    to get the Celtics back on track.  I wish it were that easy,
    because I'd spend everything we make and more, but it doesn't
    work that way" (Mark Murphy, BOSTON HERALD, 6/21).

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         In Portland, Steve Brandon reports that either the NHL or
    IHL could be coming.  Marshall Glickman, President of Oregon
    Arena Corp., reportedly was in New York recently on "hockey
    matters," which included a visit to NHL Commissioner Gary
    Bettman.  And, according to sources, Bettman has been
    "practically begging" Blazers Chair Paul Allen to join the
    league.  Allen and the Arena Corp., however, are "are taking just
    as close a look at the IHL."  Arena officials believe an IHL club
    would "make money" in Portland while filling 45-plus Rose Garden
    dates.  Brandon notes that an IHL team also "would not be a
    financial threat" to the Blazers.   In addition to ongoing
    consideration of the NHL, the Arena Corp.'s lease with the WHL
    Winter Hawks "stands in the way" of an IHL team coming in '96-97.
    The 20-year lease, which took effect last year, permits Arena
    Corp. to lease the Rose Garden to an NHL team, but not an IHL
    team, without the Hawks' permission (Portland OREGONIAN, 6/20).
              IS NIKE READY FOR NHL OWNERSHIP?  Brandon also reports
         that the "word in hockey circles is that Nike Inc. has
         considered applying for an expansion team that would play in
         Portland."  Nike spokesperson Vizhier Corpuz denied the
         reports saying the company has "nothing in the works"
         regarding ownership of an NHL club (OREGONIAN, 6/20).

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         Several reports yesterday indicated that the Raiders were
    close to an announcement that they were moving back to Oakland,
    setting off a flurry of "no comments" and denials.  KNBR radio in
    San Francisco was the first to report that the Raiders would move
    back.  On his KNBR show, former Raiders coach John Madden said
    ,"It's closer now than it's ever been.  It's going to happen, and
    it's going to happen today" (KNBR, 6/21).  Sources said that if
    the decision is indeed final, it would be because Raiders Owner
    Al Davis "became extremely concerned that construction of a new
    L.A. stadium ay Hollywood Park would not be completed by '97,
    forcing him to spend three years in the L.A. Coliseum (Plaschke &
    Springer, L.A. TIMES, 6/22).  In the East Bay, the OAKLAND
    TRIBUNE reports that "throughout the day, East Bay officials
    exchanged drafts of a letter of intent with [Davis], tweaking the
    language to satisfy the Raiders and themselves" (Li, Staats &
    Ronningen, OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 6/22).
              DOES ANYONE KNOW ANYTHING?  NFL spokespersons said "no
         final decision had been made," and Davis told the AP that
         "he could not say for sure what was happening."  One league
         official said Davis "was struggling with a very difficult
         decision and might not know which way he's going from one
         minute to the next" (Timothy Smith, N.Y. TIMES, 6/22).
              WHO'S SAYING WHAT?  In L.A., Plaschke & Springer write,
         "Al Davis has decided to move the Raiders back to Oakland,
         but the deal will not be finalized until legal details are
         worked out" (L.A. TIMES, 6/22).  In Toronto, Gary Picknell
         writes, "Oakland is preparing for a welcome-home
         celebration" (TORONTO SUN, 6/22).  L.A. TIMES column header:
         "Raiders move north is a definite maybe" (L.A. TIMES, 6/22).
         USA TODAY header:  "Oakland, be prepared for more
         disappointment" (USA TODAY, 6/22).  In Baltimore, Vito
         Stellino reports Davis is either close to moving, "or he's
         using his former coach, John Madden, to give him leverage in
         his talks with [L.A.] officials" (Baltimore SUN, 6/22).
         Header over SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS piece:  "Remember:  Davis
         has played this game before" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 6/22).
         John Czarnecki of the "NFL on Fox" called it "a last minute
         ploy":  "My gut tells me Al will stay."  NewSport's Fred
         Edelstein:  "I spoke with the highest echelons of the NFL
         (Wednesday), and Al Davis' spin to them was, 'I have no deal
         with anybody'" (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 6/22).  CNN's Nick
         Charles:  "From all reports, it looks like the Raiders are
         going long and deep back to Oakland."  Former Raider/Fox NFL
         analyst Howie Long:  "I don't know whether it's a reality or
         not or a ploy at the last minute to coax along the Hollywood
         Park people.  Who the heck knows?"  CNN's Danny Sheridan:
         "This will give him a home field advantage second to none in
         the NFL, and you certainly don't get that in laid-back L.A.
         Number two is obviously financial incentives.  He'll be
         guaranteed in ticket sales $2.5 million for every home game,
         plus approximately $85 to $90 million in stadium
         renovations.  And lastly, several minority partners have
         told Al, 'If you don't move back to Oakland, I want to be
         bought out.'  That's also a considerable amount of money.
         It's a great move for the NFL and a great move for the
         Raiders" ("Sports Tonight," 6/21).
              NETWORK REAX:  If the Raiders leave L.A., it leaves the
         No. 2 media market without an NFL team.  Both NBC Sports
         President Dick Ebersol and Fox Sports President David Hill
         declined comment, but Fox spokesperson Vince Wladika said
         "it's a league matter."  TNT analyst Pat Haden:  "The upside
         for the networks is they'll get to televise more games in
         Los Angeles, because they were hampered by local blackouts
         from non-sellouts.  But the league still has to have a team
         in Los Angeles" (USA TODAY, 6/22).
              IF THEY DO LEAVE:  If the Raiders do leave, the L.A.
         TIMES' Plaschke & Springer write that the league "intends to
         bring one existing and one expansion team to the area, but
         only after construction begins on a modern stadium that
         would be attractive to potential owners" (L.A. TIMES, 6/22).
         In Seattle, Laura Vecsey writes, "Yesterday, the Seahawks-
         to-L.A. rumor mill was at full-tilt boogie, now that Al
         Davis might be reversing himself and heading back up the
         [CA] coast" (SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 6/22).

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