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  • IT'S OFFICIAL IN OAKLAND; MUHLEMAN TAKES OVER FOR GANIS

         Oakland Coliseum Board Member Dennis Cuneo yesterday
    announced that Muhleman Marketing, Inc., of Charlotte, NC, has
    been retained to oversee the marketing efforts of the Oakland
    Football Marketing Association.  Marc Ganis will now assume the
    role of Senior Policy Advisor (OFMA).
         BAY AREA ROUND-UP: In Oakland, David Li writes, "With less
    than three weeks remaining until the Oakland Raiders kick off the
    regular season, Coliseum officials Wednesday handed their
    troubled sales program to North Carolina sports marketing whiz
    Max Muhleman."  Hoping to "quell" complaints from ticket-buying
    fans, Muhleman vowed to sell all tickets and protect taxpayers
    from stadium costs:  "We believe it will happen.  This is going
    to be a dynamite package."  At least 80% of the PSLs must be sold
    before the '96 season to retire the $225M in bonds (OAKLAND
    TRIBUNE, 8/17).  A report in the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE noted,
    "A new marketing team brought in to stem a rising tide of anger
    and confusion over the Oakland Raiders' ticket plan attempted
    yesterday to shore up public confidence but failed to directly
    address concerns about whether the sales were producing promised
    revenues" (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, 8/17).
         NOT THE FALL GUY:  Ganis has denied being a "fall guy" in
    the Raiders' PSL campaign, according to the SAN JOSE MERCURY
    NEWS.  Ganis: "That would infer that I'm being pushed out and
    there's no pushing out here. ... I asked for this.  I'm more into
    the policy and strategy mode" (Kouty & Witt, SAN JOSE MERCURY
    NEWS, 8/17).
    

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  • WINNIPEG WITHOUT HOCKEY IS LIKE ELVIS WITHOUT SIDEBURNS

         Local Winnipeg business leaders have already begun meeting
    to discuss purchasing an IHL franchise for the city, according to
    the WINNIPEG FREE PRESS.  Jets President Barry Shenkarow: "I have
    said I would lend help in making that kind of thing happen."
    Local sports entrepreneur Jeff Thompson said he is part of a
    group that has talked with not only the IHL, but also the Western
    Hockey League.  John Douglas and Paul Samyn report that Winnipeg
    may already be on the IHL's expansion list, and that a Winnipeg
    team could "trigger" a Canadian Division in the IHL to include
    Halifax, Toronto, Saskatoon and Quebec City, which has been
    awarded a franchise for the '96 season (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS,
    8/17).
         BACK TO THE JETS:  Winnipeg Mayor Susan Thompson yesterday
    met with local officials on how to keep the Jets' losses (which
    are taxpayer-backed) at a minimum this year, according to the
    WINNIPEG FREE PRESS.  The mayor also has meetings scheduled with
    Manitoba Finance Minister Eric Stefanson and other senior
    provincial officials.  Noting that the taxpayers can't afford a
    "lame-duck season," Thompson added, "The reality is, we need a
    filled arena for every game" (Nick Martin, WINNIPEG FREE PRESS,
    8/17).
    

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