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  • DECISION STILL LOOMS ON OILERS' CARPET FIASCO

         The NFL is conducting hearings with the Oilers and Astrodome
    USA officials regarding August 19th's canceled preseason game
    with the Chargers and the $2M in revenues lost due to the
    cancelation.  John Williams reports in this morning's HOUSTON
    CHRONICLE that this is an unprecedented situation for the league.
    On Friday, the team asked U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes for
    permission to tack on the $2M lost from the game to their pending
    lawsuit against Houston,  Harris County and Astrodome USA
    (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 8/29).
    

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  • DEVIL RAYS TO HOLD FANFEST -- SELL TICKETS FOR FIRST TIME

         The Devil Rays are planning to hold a fanfest at the
    Thunderdome this fall and allow fans to make their initial ticket
    deposits.  Bill Chastain reports in this morning's TAMPA TRIBUNE
    that the team is waiting on ThunderDome improvements to come up
    with a seating chart.  The team reports that it has approximately
    33,000 season ticket reservations.  Those with suite reservations
    and potential suite holders have been invited to the stadium to
    look over options tonight.  Rays Managing General Partner Vince
    Naimoli claims the team has reservations for 54 suites (TAMPA
    TRIBUNE, 8/29).
    

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  • FANS RAID TICKET OFFICE -- ONLY 4,000 REMAIN FOR SUNDAY

         The Oakland Football Marketing Association said yesterday
    that it has sold 10,000 single-game tickets for Sunday's Raiders
    opener against the Chargers, with only 4,000 still available.
    Max Muhleman, President of Muhleman Sports Marketing which is
    handling marketing for the OFMA, added that 2,000 more seat
    licenses have been sold, bringing the total to 33,000 (OFMA).
    The remaining 4,000 seats must be sold by Thursday to avoid a TV
    blackout in the Bay Area (S.F. CHRONICLE, 8/29).  Of those seats
    left in the 45,000-seat Coliseum, about half are being reserved
    for those delinquent on PSL payments.  They will be released
    today  if accounts remain unsettled (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 8/29).
         INSIDE THE JOURNEY:  In the current INSIDE SPORTS, Glenn
    Dickey examines the prodigal team's return to Oakland.  Dickey
    reports that Owner Al Davis, who grew up in Brooklyn, used Walter
    O'Malley's move to L.A. as a blueprint. Dickey adds that even in
    the late '60s "Davis talked about New York and Los Angeles being
    the only two cities in the country that were really important.
    As soon as he got the chance, he jumped to Los Angeles."  As far
    as Davis' refusal of a deal at Hollywood Park, Oakland negotiator
    Ed De Silva notes that Davis' age was a factor.  De Silva: "He
    had said he wouldn't play in the L.A. Coliseum, so that left
    Dodger Stadium or Anaheim.  I can tell you when you get to your
    60s you don't think in terms of long term projects, and Davis was
    looking at the possibility of being 70 by the time he got into a
    new stadium" (INSIDE SPORTS, 10/95 issue).
    

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