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         In L.A., Helene Elliott reports the Kings new owners,
    Phillip Anschutz and Edward Roski, are keys in "the beginning of
    a new era" for the franchise.  For the first time, the club will
    be "run like a business" (L.A. TIMES, 10/8)....In a survey of
    Falcons ticket-holders by the ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, Len
    Pasquarelli reports 29 years of "inconsistent play and broken
    promises" leave the Falcons as "the league's most unloved 4-1
    team" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 10/8)....The Celtics are paying
    former General Partner Alan Cohen $260,000 for the next three
    years to be a consultant.  Cohen sold his shares in the club for
    anywhere from $14-20M.  Will McDonough notes Cohen's falling-out
    with the club, and sees his new role as "a consultant you don't
    talk to" (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/7)....The Stars' honeymoon in Dallas
    is "about to come to an end," writes columnist Randy Galloway.
    He notes the team's failure to improve makes selling them "as
    difficult as the spelling" of Nikolai Borschevsky, one of the
    team's new additions (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/7)....In Milwaukee,
    Tom Haudricourt notes that of the eight teams to make it to
    baseball's postseason, only the Red Sox had a payroll of less

    Print | Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, Dallas Stars, Franchises

         A poll of 400 WA state voters released by the SEATTLE TIMES
    indicates that most oppose using state funds to help build a new
    ballpark for the Mariners.  The poll, conducted last Thursday and
    Friday and released Sunday, finds 53% opposed to using state
    money, 36% in support and 11% undecided (AP/TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE,
    10/9).  Meanwhile, WA Gov. Mike Lowry continued to work on a plan
    to build a new stadium in Seattle, with details emerging in
    advance of Thursday's expected special session of the legislature
    This morning's SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER reports Lowry's new
    plan would support a $320M stadium (up from $250M six months
    ago).  King County's share would come from tax increases on the
    county's bars and restaurants, rental cars and admissions at the
    Kingdome.  The plan would allot money for last year's Kingdome
    roof repairs and future renovations (Michael Paulson, SEATTLE
         CLOSE TO HOME:  Despite signs of voter opposition, many
    believe the Mariners' postseason success will keep them in the
    Pacific Northwest.  John McGrath writes the team's on-the-field
    success has "not only likely saved baseball in Seattle," but also
    given the sport "an adrenaline shot for a new generation" (TACOMA
    NEWS TRIBUNE, 10/10).  ESPN's Peter Gammons:  "The last two
    months I think have pretty much assured the Pacific Northwest
    that baseball is going to stay here because this is a great
    baseball area" ("SportsCenter," 10/9).  In his BOSTON GLOBE
    column, Gammons reports "a chance" that John McCaw, Mariners
    minority owner and Grizzlies/Canucks majority owner, will put
    together a group to make the Mariners a "regional franchise,"
    splitting games between Seattle and Vancouver (BOSTON GLOBE,

    Print | Tags: ESPN, Franchises, Canucks Sports and Entertainment, Seattle Mariners, Vancouver Canucks, Walt Disney

         Talk of the Panthers' potential move from South FL may be
    keeping fans from attending games, according to Dave Sheinin in
    this morning's MIAMI HERALD.  Sheinin reports that the club drew
    only 12,087 to its home opener Sunday -- the fourth-lowest crowd
    in franchise history.  Team officials say competition from the
    Dolphins and the MLB playoffs are partly to blame (MIAMI HERALD,
    10/10).  In an interview with the TAMPA TRIBUNE, NHL Commissioner
    Gary Bettman admitted that the Panthers' situation is a "serious
    problem."  Bettman:  "It's too early to tell what we can do" (Tom
    Jones, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 10/7).  A report in Saturday's MIAMI HERALD
    notes Heat Owner Micky Arison says he would be willing to "put
    money into" a new arena and "would consider" compromising on the
    location, if it meant being a partner with Panthers Owner Wayne
    Huizinga (Amy Shipley, MIAMI HERALD, 10/7).

    Print | Tags: Franchises, Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat, MLB, NHL

         Nashville's Metro Council is scheduled to vote on its share
    of the $292M package to lure the Oilers to TN tonight as a giant
    pep rally takes place outside of the meeting.  John Williams
    reports in this morning's HOUSTON CHRONICLE that the proposals --
     the first in a series of "milestones" that must be completed by
    March 15 to move the club, won support Monday from the council's
    finance committee.  The city must still sell enough PSLs by
    December to raise $71M.  A NASHVILLE BANNER poll indicates that
    only 31% of state residents approve of spending state money for
    the deal, 58% oppose and 11% are unaware (HOUSTON CHRONICLE,
         A SPORTS PARADISE?  Kevin Paul DuPont reports in Sunday's
    BOSTON GLOBE that if an existing NHL team doesn't pledge a move
    to Nashville soon, the league may grant an expansion team as
    early as '96-97 (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/8).

    Print | Tags: Edmonton Oilers, Franchises, NHL

         Sunday's Raiders victory over Seattle was blacked out in the
    Bay Area, as there were more than 6,000 seats unsold for Sunday's
    game (Oakland Football Marketing Association).  Columnist C.W.
    Nevius blames PSLs and poor advertising for the shortfall at the
    box office.  Nevius writes the ad campaign implied "that you must
    show a tattoo at the gate to be admitted," and that the OFMA sold
    the idea of games at the "warm, fuzzy Oakland Coliseum" as if it
    were "a halfway house for psychos" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 10/10).
    Columnist Ann Killian notes the high prices don't help (SAN JOSE
    MERCURY NEWS, 10/9).  The Raiders added 5,000 bleacher seats
    behind the visitor's bench, which Seahawks QB Rick Mirer called
    "a hostile environment" (TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE, 10/9).

    Print | Tags: Franchises, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, Vulcan Ventures

         With Kevin McClatchy's bid for the Pirates "seemingly in
    peril," two previous local bidders for the team have joined
    forces "to make a last ditch run for the team," according to
    Steve Halvonik of the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE.  Penguins Owner
    Howard Baldwin and cable TV magnate John Rigas "believe they are
    an unbeatable combination" to buy the team if McClatchy's bid
    fails.  A spokesperson for Rigas said the two have reached an
    understanding on a partnership that will make a bid if, and only
    if, McClatchy's bid fails.  Baldwin reportedly believes "there
    are marketing and business advantages to combining management of
    the two small-market teams."  He made an unsolicited bid for the
    team in January '94 that was rejected because it did not contain
    enough cash.  Rigas failed in his $85.15M bid for the club
    earlier this year (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 10/8).  McClatchy's
    bid "is at least" $10M short of the cash he needs, and may be as
    much as $20M short, sources told the WASHINGTON POST.  Mark Maske
    reports that one baseball source said the deal "hasn't collapsed
    yet," but is "pretty much hanging by a thread" (WASHINGTON POST,
    10/8).  Virginia Baseball Inc. head William Collins "has
    intensified his efforts" to buy the Pirates and move them to the
    Washington area (WASHINGTON POST, 10/7).  Bart Fisher, a DC
    attorney who leads another VA-based baseball group, said Friday
    he assumes the bidding "will open up to out of town bidders at
    this point."  Fisher has said he would keep the team in
    Pittsburgh (Thom Loverro, WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/7).

    Print | Tags: Franchises, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Pirates

         The sale of the Jets to MN businessman Richard Burke was
    delayed until sometime this week, according to Jay Weiner of the
    Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE.  Weiner reports the "complexity" of the
    deal is the reason with Burke insisting it is not in jeopardy
    (Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE, 10/7).  Meanwhile, in Sunday's STAR-
    TRIBUNE, Weiner examined the troubles Burke faces as he tries to
    carve out room in the Twin Cities market for a hockey team.  NHL
    Commissioner Gary Bettman is scheduled to address area business
    and political leaders tomorrow, but Weiner notes while the Jets
    are the area's "best and last chance" to get an NHL team, there
    are several problems.  There is "limited economic room alongside
    the Wolves in the city-owned Target Center," and the Jets
    situation has taken a back seat among many who are "more worried
    about saving the Twins."  Burke has told political leaders he
    needs around $5M a year to make the Jets viable at the Target
    Center.  Weiner rates the chances of the team opening next year
    at the Target Center at 50-50 -- the same chance of the team
    moving to Nashville or San Diego (Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE,
    10/8).  This morning, Weiner reports Warlock Whitney, who
    attracted the Twins to MN in '61, is leading the charge to obtain
    $20M in state funding for the Jets (STAR-TRIBUNE, 10/10).  The
    Jets drew a non-sellout 13,914 to their home opener, and only
    7,856 in their second game.  L.A. TIMES columnist Mike Penner
    notes the irony of one Winnipeg Arena dasherboard ad -- "Winnipeg
    Allied Moving and Storage" (L.A. TIMES, 10/10).

    Print | Tags: Franchises, Minnesota Twins, New York Jets, NHL
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