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  • DENVER'S NHL TEAM HITS MAGIC NUMBER; GRIZZLIES TO SALT LAKE

         Over 8,700 fans welcomed the new NHL team to Colorado at a
    "Break the Ice" party.  CO Gov. Roy Romer, who declared yesterday
    "Break the Ice Day" in the state, introduced team captain Joe
    Sakic as Joe "Kasic."  Team Exec VP Shawn Hunter said they have
    received deposits for 12,000 season tickets, their cutoff point,
    but will continue to accept deposits in case of cancellations
    (Adrian Dater, DENVER POST, 7/6).
         GOING THE WAY OF THE GREAT SALT LAKE?  The IHL Denver
    Grizzlies will reportedly move to Salt Lake City, according to
    Adrian Dater in this morning's DENVER POST.  Grizzlies workers
    were told by team President Bernie Mullen yesterday that a move
    to Salt Lake "appears imminent."  Owner David Elmore is in Salt
    Lake today and tomorrow, and sources report a press conference
    may be held as early as tomorrow. Although Salt Lake was Elmore's
    first choice, he has "had some sticky negotiations" with Delta
    Center/Jazz Owner Larry Miller over the length of a Grizzlies
    lease.  Sources in Denver say Miller "will relent" on his five-
    year demand because he wants hockey back in Utah (DENVER POST,
    7/6).
    

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  • RAIDERS DEAL GETS QUICK APPROVAL IN FIRST HEARING

         The Oakland City Council gave its first vote on the Raiders
    deal "swift and sure" approval by a 6-0 margin and without any
    opposition, writes Sandy Kleffman in this morning's SN JOSE
    MERCURY NEWS.  The meeting was the first public hearing on the
    plan and stood "in sharp contrast" to a hearing in '90 when the
    council was debating "hefty revenue guarantees" to lure them
    back.  City officials eventually withdrew that plan "in the face
    of taxpayer revolt and a referendum drive" (S.J. MERCURY NEWS,
    7/6).
         LAND-MINES AHEAD?  Peter Fimrite reports in this morning's
    S.F. CHRONICLE that league sources say there is "little chance"
    the Raiders' move will be blocked.  "There is, however, one
    influential barrier to the deal: the 49ers management."  Fimrite
    also reports that Giants Owner Wellington Mara is expected to
    join the 49ers "in either trying to block the move or demand
    reparations."  However, "rejection of the Raiders deal could
    severely hamper" negotiating leverage for teams such as the
    Browns, Cards, Oilers and Skins, who are looking for new
    stadiums.  Davis "has assured" local officials he will "handle
    the politics" of the NFL when owners meet July 14 (S.F.
    CHRONICLE, 7/6).
         DAVIS GOES PUBLIC:  Davis has scheduled a homecoming
    appearance in Oakland today at a public meeting with Oakland and
    Alameda County officials (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 7/6).
         LOYALTY DEFINED:  The Raiders announced yesterday that they
    have revised their policy of no priorities for their new season
    ticket holders and will give priority to the approximately 500 of
    season ticket holders who stuck with the team through their move
    to L.A. (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 7/6).
    

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