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  • A FRIEND OF THE DEVILS IS A FRIEND OF MINE: FRANCHISE NOTES

         NJ-resident Michael Bandler sued the Devils Wednesday saying
    that he has risked bodily injury and endured snowy nights and
    lousy teams all to be a Devils fan.  He is alleging the team
    violated the consumer fraud act when it denied him postseason
    tickets for the past two years.  Bandler: "I watched them lose
    for 10 or 12 years, and then they started winning and things were
    looking good, and I got left out" (Thomas Zambito, Bergen RECORD,
    8/10)....Dodger players are being limited to six tickets for
    tonight's Cardinals game due to the increased demand for tickets
    when Hideo Nomo pitches.  The Dodgers average attendance is
    36,396, but 41,047 when Nomo pitches (Chris Baker, L.A. TIMES,
    8/10)....Boston Neurologist Edison K. Miyawaki bought ownership
    shares in the Bengals from Bengals Chair Austin E. Knowlton.  It
    is the first time someone from outside the state of Ohio has
    owned part of the team. Miyawaki said he has no intentions of
    trying to move the team. (AP/Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 8/10).
    

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  • A LONG STRANGE TRIP IN WINNIPEG DELAYED ONE MORE DAY

         The Winnipeg City Council's ruling on advancing the Spirit
    of Manitoba additional pre-construction arena financing has been
    delayed a day with a decision due late this afternoon, according
    to the WINNIPEG FREE PRESS.  Nick Martin writes the City Council
    decided to wait until this morning to get a start on "a long and
    lengthy debate."  Councilman Terry Duguid said Mayor Susan
    Thompson probably has the votes needed to give the Spirit "the
    green light."  Duguid predicting today's outcome: "Many speeches
    and a 9-7 vote."  The current ownership group of the Jets is
    meeting today to begin considering a Spirit request for an
    extension of the Aug. 15 deadline to have the deal completed to
    purchase the team (Nick Martin, WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 8/10).
         DON'T BOGART YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS:  The Spirit of Manitoba
    "pulled out all of the stops" and launched a massive fund-raising
    effort to close a C$15M funding gap days before the August 15
    deadline.  The group must raise C$80M by the 15th to exercise an
    option to purchase the majority shares of the team.  The
    ownership group will grant a two-week extension for the Spirit to
    complete the purchase of the team after they have received C$80M
    in pledges (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 8/10).
    

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  • COME HEAR UNCLE AL'S BAND: TAX MAN MAY BE IN NFL PSL BATTLE

         Among the details of the "last-minute changes" in the deal
    returning the Raiders to Oakland are mechanisms which could cost
    Oakland area taxpayers if the NFL takes action to absorb Raiders
    PSL revenue, according to the OAKLAND TRIBUNE.  The Raiders want
    to use PSL revenue to cover Oakland's stadium improvement bonds.
    The NFL sees the PSLs as part of the team's ticket revenue which
    is subject to league rules requiring teams to share 34% of their
    ticket receipts with visiting teams.  Under the revised
    agreement, the Coliseum will be required to side with the Raiders
    in any court action between the Raiders and the NFL on the issue.
    Of the $63.9M the team plans to raise through the sale of PSLs,
    the Raiders will be responsible for paying 34% on the first
    $49.9M of PSL revenue, or $16.9M.  The Coliseum will be
    responsible for paying 34% on the remaining $14M, or $4.76M.  The
    Coliseum will also be liable for the first $600,000 in legal fees
    to defend any lawsuit.  If the Coliseum then has "inadequate
    revenues" from PSLs to pay off the bonds, it will have to "tap
    city and county tax offers" (Stacey Wells & David Li, OAKLAND
    TRIBUNE, 8/10). Another aspect of the last-minute deal assures
    Davis $3.8M "from this month's weak-selling pre-season games and
    increases the risk for taxpayers," according to Barry Witt in the
    SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS.  Witt notes ticket sales, as of Tuesday,
    left a difference of $1.8M between what has been guaranteed and
    what has been sold.  Any shortfall will be covered by bonds, and
    ultimately, "will be absorbed by taxpayers."  Coliseum Board
    President George Vukasin said the deal is "a little risky," but
    added, "the most important thing was we needed to get the tenant
    signed, sealed and delivered on Monday, and that was
    accomplished" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 8/10).
         A GOOD PLACE FOR A TRIBUTE TO GARCIA?  The Coliseum hired
    L.A.-based Tutor-Saliba Corp. as general contractor, Cordell
    Corp. as project manager, and Kansas City, MO-based HNTB
    Architects Engineers Planners as designers in the Coliseum
    renovation efforts (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 8/10).
    

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  • NFL SINGLE-GAME TICKET PRICES: TODAY THE AFC

         THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY surveyed each NFL team concerning
    their single-game ticket prices for the '95-96 season.  Below is
    a list of the teams and their ticket prices for '95 and how they
    compare to last year.
    TEAM'95 PRICES'94 PRICES
    BUFF      $26, $34, $41Same
    CINCFrom $30 to $37$3 increase in all ranges
    CLEV$17, $25, $31, $35, $55Prices from $17-$35
    DEN$19, $25, $30, $38Same
    HOUS$20, $27, $31, $36, $38Same
    INDI$15, $23, $25, $29, $35$15, $23, $29
    JAX$35, $46^ ----
    KCAvg. price is $31.09Avg. price was $29.03
    OAKN/A$15, $25, $35, $38, $42
    MIA$20, $33, $34, $35, $36,$20, $28, $33
    $40, $43
    NE$23, $25, $32, $35, $38, $50Same
    NYJAll tickets are $25Same
    PITTAll tickets are $30Same
    SANAvg. price is $35Avg. price was $31
    SEA$19, $28, $32, $38Same
    ^ = Preseason prices.  Regular season prices have yet to be
    announced.  Season ticket prices are $150, $300, $400, $500,
    $600, $750, $1,500.
    

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  • NORTHWEST ENTERTAINMENT GROUP RUMORED TO BE CHANGING NAME

         The Northwest Entertainment Group may be looking to change
    their name, according to this morning's VANCOUVER SUN.  The
    rumored new name for the owner of the Canucks, Grizzlies, and GM
    Place is either Orca Entertainment Group or Orca Island
    Entertainment Group.  VP/Communications Tom Mayenknecht: "Nothing
    has been finalized in terms of the corporate identity, but we are
    looking for a number of visual elements."  Mayenknecht said NEG
    Chair Arthur Griffiths had "challenged senior management to find
    ways to mark the new era," and suggested the name change be in
    place by the opening of the GM Place on September 19.   Among the
    changes is a "more aggressive foray into publishing and a
    multiple presence on the internet to complement other marketing
    ploys."  NEG is looking to publish three magazine, one for
    Grizzlies and Canucks fans and another "promoting the company's
    other entertainment ventures" (Daphne Bramham, VANCOUVER SUN,
    8/10).
    

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