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  • FRANCHISE NOTES: AZTECAS MAKE A RUN FOR THE BORDER

         The CBA's Mexico Aztecas will move to San Diego for the '95-
    96 season, the team announced yesterday.  The to-be-renamed CBA
    club will play home games at the former home of the Clippers --
    The San Diego Sports Arena.  Team officials said that they will
    market themselves to fans in Tijuana and may play a few games
    there (AP/Tacoma NEWS-TRIBUNE, 7/20)....The Rapid City Thrillers
    of the CBA will set up shop next season in West Palm Beach.  Team
    president John Samuelson said the team was not profitable despite
    drawing well in Rapid City (MIAMI HERALD, 7/20).... In his column
    in this morning's ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, Bernie Miklasz
    criticizes Anheuser-Busch for letting the Cardinals deteriorate
    and warns the Rams not to become complacent (ST. LOUIS POST-
    DISPATCH, 7/21)...."Like it or not," Astros Owner Drayton McLane
    has proposed a new deal to keep his club's spring training
    operations in Kissimmee, FL for another five years.  The city has
    not responded, and Osceloa County officials are saying "they are
    not sure they want the Astros."  Alan Truex reports that the
    Orioles could be a possible competitor for Kissimmee (HOUSTON
    CHRONICLE, 7/18)....In Hartford, the Whalers are pushing to sell
    10,000 season tickets this season.  Owner Peter Karamanos says
    the team lost $11.5M last year and played before the most empty
    seats in the NHL.  The team had about 5,500 season tickets last
    season.  A TV ad campaign runs this summer and sales reps are out
    in Hartford and around CT and Western MA trying to get the word
    out (Jeff Jacobs, HARTFORD COURANT, 7/16).
    

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  • INTERBREW PUTS PLAN TO DUMP JAYS, ARGOS ON HOLD

         Interbrew S.A., the Belgian brewer that recently purchased
    Blue Jays' and Argonauts' Owner Labatt, has put on hold plans to
    sell the teams, according to this morning's TORONTO SUN.  George
    Gross reports that Jays President/CEO Paul Beeston said Interbrew
    "will take their time before making a decision."  Labatt's assets
    also include ownership of a percentage of SkyDome (TORONTO SUN,
    7/21).
    

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  • OAKLAND COUNCIL APPROVES A'S CONCESSIONS

         After airing "frustrations about long negotiations," Alameda
    County supervisors approved $11M in payments to the A's to
    "appease" the team's future owners, writes Sandy Kleffman in
    today's SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS.  The supervisors also agreed to
    advance the team up to $2.5M and allow them to terminate their
    lease at the end of '98 for any reason.  Kleffman reports that it
    is still "unclear" whether these moves will ease concerns of
    prospective owners Kenneth Hofmann and Stephen Schott (SAN JOSE
    MERCURY NEWS, 7/21).
    

    Print | Tags: Franchises, Oakland Athletics
  • SPIRIT OF MANITOBA MEETS WITH NHL IN NEW YORK

         Spirit of Manitoba officials met yesterday with NHL
    Commissioner Gary Bettman in a session that "opened a line of
    communication between the Winnipeg group and the people who will
    have the final word on whether professional hockey stays in
    Manitoba," writes John Douglas in this morning's WINNIPEG FREE
    PRESS.  Spirit officials, including Chair Alan Sweatman and
    President Cam Osler, told the league about their plan to raise
    C$80M, including C$30M for an endowment fund to cover the team's
    future losses until a new arena is built.  NHL VP/Public
    Relations Arthur Pincus stressed that Bettman does not have the
    final say on the Jets deal.  However, Pincus said Bettman is "a
    pretty good hammer to have on your side if you've got to go
    before the board of governors" (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 7/21).
    

    Print | Tags: Franchises, New York Jets, NHL
  • TAGLIABUE CLEARS WAY FOR RAIDERS MOVE BACK TO OAKLAND

         The Raiders' planned move back to Oakland "gained a powerful
    ally" when NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue asked owners "to lift
    final roadblocks" to the move, according to David Li of the
    OAKLAND TRIBUNE.  NFL owners meet today in Chicago to consider
    the move.  NFL Dir of Communications Greg Aiello confirmed
    yesterday that Tagliabue faxed a letter Wednesday night
    "supporting the move" to all 30 owners (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 7/21).
    In L.A., Bill Plaschke notes the NFL will not only allow the
    Raiders to leave L.A. "without a fight," but the league may also
    allow them to go with no relocation fee because Oakland is not
    considered a "hot" expansion or relocation market (L.A. TIMES,
    7/21).
         WHO ARE YOU?  Oakland building contractor Joseph R. Debro
    emerged Thursday as the Chair of the "Taxpayers for a Vote on the
    Raiders Deal."  The disclosure came as Debro sent a letter to
    Tagliabue asking the NFL to delay today's scheduled vote.
    Raiders supporter and former Alameda County Supervisor Don
    Perata:  "Just because there may be a local name here, that
    doesn't mean there couldn't be collaborators ... to slow the deal
    down and get a piece of the action" (Craig Staats, OAKLAND
    TRIBUNE, 7/21).
         SOLD OUT:  Raiders marketing agents announced Thursday that
    they have sold out the Coliseum for this season, but "thousands"
    of club seats remain unsold for '96 when the seating expands
    (Renee Koury, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 7/21).
    

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