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FRANCHISE NOTES: DEVILS/NJSEA NEED MORE TALK TIME

     Although the Devils and the New Jersey Sports and Exposition
Authority were granted a 30-day extension on their September 15
deadline to come up with a lease agreement to keep the team in
New Jersey through the 2006-2007 season, there is still no
agreement and it "appears" both sides will seek another extension
(N.Y. POST, 10/13)...."Frustrated by low attendance" the Florida
Panthers are adding more seats to their "Panther Pack" tickets.
The "Panther Pack" seats were the last three rows behind the nets
and now will include the last six rows.  The additional seats
were originally priced at $20, and now will cost $9.  The prices
will run through Oct. (Dave Joseph, Ft. Lauderdale SUN SENTINEL,
10/13)....The $113.25M sale of the Kings to Denver billionaire
Philip Anschutz officially closed Thursday (L.A. TIMES,
10/13)....The Stars drew only 13,491 fans Thursday, "well below"
last year's 16,729 average (Tim Cowlishaw, DALLAS MORNING NEWS,
10/13)....San Jose Mayor Susan Hammer said she believes the
city's $43M offer to lure the Warriors from Oakland is enough to
"close the deal -- but she refused to rule out a higher cost to
the taxpayers" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 10/13).
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