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  • FRANCHISE NOTES

         As their new training facility in Chesterfield, MO, is not
    complete, the Blues have announced they will hold training camp
    at the New England Sports Center in Marlboro, MA, the official
    training center of the AHL Worcester IceCats
    (IceCats)....Washington Sports President Susan O'Malley announced
    in a statement Friday that Capitals individual game tickets are
    now on sale with no increase in price from last year
    (Capitals)....While the issue is still at the SC Supreme Court, a
    lower court judge ruled Friday that permits to sell beer be
    issued to vendors at Panthers games in Clemson (mult.,
    9/10)....Sid Hartman writes in the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE
    prospects are "very good" that Richard Burke will own the Jets
    before the '95-96 season opens.  Hartman also notes there is a
    "good possibility" some Jets games this season will be played at
    the Target Center (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 9/9).
    

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  • PLAYERS AND UNION WATCHING DISPUTE BETWEEN RAIDERS AND NFL

         NFLPA Asst Exec Dir Doug Allen said they are watching the
    dispute between the Raiders and the NFL over the distribution of
    PSL revenue "with great interest," according to the SAN JOSE
    MERCURY NEWS.   Allen:  "I think the NFL and the players
    association have a similar view of how this money should be
    treated.  I don't think; I know."  The union takes the league's
    side because only shared ticket revenue is used in calculating
    the salary cap.  Raiders attorney Joseph Alioto says the owners
    knew Davis wasn't going to share the money when they approved the
    move: "Al made it clear he was not going to pay any fee for
    moving to Oakland, no matter what rubric or name it's put under.
    They accepted that commitment from him, and now they've
    repudiated that comment" (Barry Witt, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS,
    9/9).
    

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  • THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER ON THE ARTIFICIAL TURF

         Yesterday's Oilers-Steelers game at the Astrodome was the
    first since a preseason game last month was cancelled due to poor
    field conditions, and also the first since Oilers Owner Bud Adams
    began negotiating to move the team to Nashville.  According to
    the HOUSTON CHRONICLE, Oilers fans had signs at the game
    imploring Adams to keep the team in town.  Among the signs were
    "Keep the Oilers in Houston," and "Welcome to Your HOME, Oilers."
    Some vented when Astros Owner/Astrodome landlord Drayton McLane
    inspected the field pre-game.  Fans cheered McLane with some
    yelling, "Buy the Oilers!" (John Lopez, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 9/11).
         FROM NASHVILLE: Two downtown sites are "on the inside track"
    to become the location of Nashville's proposed stadium, according
    to the Nashville TENNESSEAN.  Bill Carey writes that real estate
    experts favor downtown because of the "existing infrastructure"
    and the potential economic impact (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 9/9).
    CFL Memphis Mad Dogs Managing Partner & Coach Pepper Rodgers has
    declined to let the Oilers play in his team's home, the Liberty
    Bowl, should they move to TN (Jeff Legwold, Nashville,
    TENNESSEAN, 9/9).
    

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  • VIRGINIA GROUP ANTICIPATES MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL BY '96

         William Collins, who leads a group of investors from
    Northern VA looking to bring MLB to the area, says baseball
    should arrive soon, according to USA TODAY.  Collins: "I've told
    people in our organization to plan for us beginning play here in
    1996."  Collins is targeting the Pirates, who last week gave
    newspaper heir Kevin McClatchy 10 days to come up with an
    ownership plan to keep the team in Pittsburgh.  Collins, on the
    Pirates ownership group and his plans:  "They've exhausted their
    alternatives.  We have people here who can write checks for $80
    to $100 million tomorrow" (Ben Brown, USA TODAY, 9/11).  In
    Boston, Peter Gammons notes that there are "interested parties"
    in Orlando, but the NL doesn't want the Pirates to move there, as
    it would over-saturate FL and hurt the Devil Rays before they
    even start playing (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/10).
    

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