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DENVER'S OTHER HOCKEY TEAM SEEKS COMPENSATION BEFORE LEAVING

     An "eviction notice" from the city gives the IHL Denver
Grizzlies 90 days to find a home other than McNichols Arena.  The
Grizzlies do not dispute the eviction, but are seeking
compensation from Comsat Video Enterprises for improvements they
made to McNichols and for "improving the Denver hockey market."
Grizzlies President Bernie Mullin meets with San Antonio
officials today, while Owner David Elmore was in Salt Lake
yesterday.  Salt Lake is Elmore's first choice, but Jazz Owner
Larry Miller, who also owns the Delta Center, wants a five-year
lease.  The Grizzlies would prefer a shorter arrangement.
Sacramento and San Diego are other possibilities (Adrian Dater,
DENVER POST, 6/27).
     WHAT'S IN A NAME?  Indications are that Denver's NHL team
will be called the "Black Bears."  The law firm that represents
the Nuggets, also owned by Comsat, filed the name with the CO
Secretary of State for copyright protection (Adrian Dater, DENVER
POST, 6/27).
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