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FRANCHISE NEWS & NOTES

     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
than $30M (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 10/8).
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