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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).
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).
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).
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).