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  • AT LEAST THEY DON'T WANT THEM TO BE THE "TENNESSEE TUXEDOS"

         A survey in the Nashville TENNESSEAN asking for suggestions
    for a new name for the Oilers if they move to the Music City
    pegged Tornadoes as the clear winner.  Over 200 readers responded
    to the newspaper's call for a new moniker, with many responses
    including suggestions for where a new stadium should be built.
    Other fan favorites for a new name include Pioneers, Players and
    Frontiersmen (TENNESSEAN, 8/29).
    

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  • MO'S BIG CUTS TRANSLATE INTO BIG BUCKS FOR HUB

         Each home playoff game for the Red Sox would be worth $2.5M
    to the local economy, officials for the Greater Boston Convention
    and Visitors bureau said yesterday.  Steff Gelson writes in this
    morning's BOSTON HERALD officials warned fans yesterday that
    "travelers and tourists may be caught in a squeeze play for
    Boston hotel rooms" if the Sox advance beyond the Divisional
    playoffs (BOSTON HERALD, 8/30).
    

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  • NEW LABATT'S OWNER TAKES SIT AND WAIT STANCE WITH JAYS

         Belgian brewer Interbrew SA, which purchased Labatt's for
    C$2.7B in July and promptly sold off the company's broadcast
    properties, said yesterday they have not made a decision on
    whether to sell the Blue Jays and Labatt's other sports holdings
    -- thre CFL Argonauts and 40% of SkyDome.   Art Chamberlain
    writes in this morning's TORONTO STAR that analysts expect
    Interbrew to eventually sell the teams and the share in SkyDome,
    and use the cash to "help pay back" money borrowed to purchase
    Labatt.  Chamberlain notes that "the baseball strike and Jays on-
    field woes have cut the price they would fetch."  The team was
    estimated to be worth C$200M "at their peak" (TORONTO STAR,
    8/30).
    

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  • SUITE TREATS: EAST BAY POLITICIANS GET FREE RAIDERS BOX

         Alameda County supervisors voted unanimously yesterday to
    accept complementary luxury box seats for Raider games, sparking
    criticism from a group opposed to the $223M bond deal to bring
    the team back to Oakland.  Tara Shioya reports in this morning's
    S.F. CHRONICLE that Taxpayers for a Vote on Raiders Deal
    suggested "the ticket giveaway will only add to the appearance of
    a sweetheart deal."  Supervisor Gail Steele: "This is a perk, but
    it is not a conflict of interest."  Supervisors also have access
    to a Coliseum box for a limited number of A's games and free
    tickets to every A's game (S.F. CHRONICLE, 8/30).  Meanwhile,
    Oakland Football Marketing Association officials said yesterday
    they expect to sell the 2,000 remaining tickets for Sunday's
    Raider opener verses San Diego by this afternoon, averting a
    local television blackout (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 8/30).
         BARGAIN HUNTING:  In Tampa, Devil Rays Managing Partner
    Vince Naimoli showed off private boxes for reservation-holders in
    the ThunderDome last night.  Naimoli noted that the cost of the
    suites -- $40,000-125,000 per season -- is "relatively modest in
    comparison to private suites in other professional sports" (Bill
    Chastain, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 8/30).
    

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