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FRANCHISE NOTES

     In St. Louis, Bernie Miklasz reports that "insiders say
Anheuser Busch may be poised to take over operation" of the city-
owned Kiel Center.  The Blues already report to A-B VP Jerry
Ritter.  Miklasz reports that the arena has had a financial
deficit (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 8/26)....The BOSTON GLOBE's
Kevin Paul Dupont writes that fans shouldn't be surprised if
Wayne Huizenga moves the Panthers to Nashville (BOSTON GLOBE,
8/27)....In Minneapolis, Sid Hartman reports that MN-based
businessman Richard Burke has been in "constant contact" with
Jets Owner Barry Shenkarow, and if state support can be
generated, the Target Center definitely will get the Jets no
later than '96-97  (Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE, 8/27)....Long
Island's sports history and future is examined by NEWSDAY'S Steve
Zipay.  The Island's recruitment of a UBL, MLS, Arena Football
and Roller Hockey clubs are examined, along with the possibility
of the Jets moving from the Meadowlands and a renovation of the
Nassau Coliseum (NEWSDAY, 8/25)....In Seattle, Ken Griffey is
pleading with Mariners fans to show the team some support.
Griffey: "There's so much more energy playing in front of 40,000
than there is 14,000."  The M's averaged around 15,000 last week,
down from their season average of 18,994 (Tacoma NEWS TRIBUNE,
8/25)....Heat Executive VP Dave Wohl denied a CNN report the team
had completed a deal with the Knicks and Pat Riley (MIAMI HERALD,
8/26).
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