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FRANCHISE NOTES: IHL TO RETURN HOCKEY TO QUEBEC CITY

     The IHL announced yesterday it has signed a lease with
Quebec City to bring a team to Le Colisee for at least the next
three years.  The franchise start-up is currently in league
hands, "while the possibility of private ownership is under
evaluation."  The franchise has established an office led by
former Nordiques Marketing Dir Bernard Thiboutot.  Quebec will be
the IHL's 20th team, and first in Canada in more than 30 years
(IHL)....The Bulls became the first sports team to crack
TicketMaster's top ten attractions, coming in at No. 5 of the
most inquired attractions nationwide for the week ended October
4.  The Bulls put tickets on sale September 30.  R.E.M. topped
the list.  Inquiries are measured by Ticketmaster Online.  Web
address: http://www.ticketmaster.com (VARIETY, 10/9-15 issue).
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