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  • BAY AREA WARRIORS: DO THEY KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE?

         San Jose Mayor Susan Hammer called off a plan to hold two
    hearings and have a city council vote on her $43.5M plan to bring
    the Warriors to San Jose Arena by early next week, according to
    this morning's SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS.  Hammer also expressed
    "displeasure" over the pace of talks between the Warriors and
    Sharks on reaching a deal to share the Arena.  The Warriors have
    said they needed a decision by October 31, or they could be
    required to have exclusive negotiating rights with Oakland (Mary
    Anne Ostrom, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 10/25).  In Oakland, Robert
    Salladay reports that San Jose's delay could give Oakland "an
    important bargaining tool" in their dealings with the team.
    Oakland officials said yesterday they will wait until October 31
    before deciding on an extension of the Warriors' lease at the
    Oakland Coliseum.  The Warriors would want an extra month or two
    to negotiate without having to commit to Oakland for '96-97.
    Oakland officials could grant an extension in exchange for an
    exclusive negotiating agreement, "which would effectively shut
    San Jose out until Oakland has completed its deal" (OAKLAND
    TRIBUNE, 10/25).
    

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  • FRANCHISE NOTES

         In an effort to boost "sluggish" sales of PSLs, the Raiders
    will announce two new programs today -- one enlisting companies
    to buy blocks of tickets and sell them to their employees through
    payroll deductions; the other would allow only PSL owners to buy
    extra tickets for the November 19 Cowboys game (SAN JOSE MERCURY
    NEWS, 10/25).... The Ontario Court of Appeal has overturned a
    lower court decision which restricted access to bank documents by
    the Public Trustee in its civil suit against Maple Leaf Gardens
    Chair Steve Stavro and his company, MLG Ventures.  The Trustee is
    suing Stavro over his acquisition of 60% of MLG from the estate
    of former owner Harold Ballard.  The trial starts in February
    (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 10/25)....USA TODAY profiles the Whalers'
    quick start and how it may affect the team's long-term standing
    in the small market of Hartford (USA TODAY, 10/25)....The
    WINNIPEG FREE PRESS notes that the official closing date for the
    sale of the Jets is July '97 -- not '96 as widely believed.
    Provincial Finance Minister Eric Stefanson called the date a
    "technicality" and assured taxpayers they will not have to cover
    the team's losses for an extra year (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 10/25).
    

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  • HOUSTONIANS LAUNCH TICKET DRIVE TO KEEP ASTROS

         The Greater Houston Partnership launched a drive yesterday
    to sell 12,000 additional Astros season tickets in a bid to keep
    the team from relocating to Northern VA, but Astros VP Bob
    McLaren questioned whether that number would be enough.
    According to this morning's HOUSTON CHRONICLE, McLaren said the
    team probably needs to sell 14,000 more season tickets annually
    "in order to dig itself out of its deep financial hole."  McLaren
    also said to anticipate a ticket rate increase for next season,
    if they stay, and higher premiums on luxury seating.  Randall
    Onstead, the Partnership member who is spearheading the ticket
    drive, said the Astros could net $12M off 12,000 additional
    season tickets.  McLaren stressed they want to make sure fans
    don't feel blackmailed.  McLaren:  "We're afraid this could leave
    a bad taste in people's mouths.  Astros Owner Drayton McLane has
    scheduled a meeting with Houston Mayor Bob Lanier and Harris
    County Judge Robert Eckels.  The three spoke by phone yesterday
    (John Williams, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/25).
         READY AND WAITING:  Virginia Baseball, the group trying to
    lure the Astros to the Metro DC area, may have a lease at RFK
    Stadium in DC within a few days, according to District Sports
    Commission Dir Jim Dalrymple.  Dalrymple said there are already
    plans in place to reconfigure the stadium for baseball.  The
    team, which would be called the Virginia Fury, would play in RFK
    while a new stadium is built in Northern VA (Thom Loverro,
    WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/25).
         HOUSTON'S OTHER PRODIGAL TEAM:  The Oilers and Astrodome
    USA, the company owned by McLane that manages the facility, will
    go to an arbitrator over the financial losses from the preseason
    game canceled due to the condition of the Astrodome's turf.
    Astrodome USA President Carl Marsalis:  "My personal opinion is
    that arbitration won't work and the judge will have to settle
    this."  Officials claim losses from the game could top $2.5M
    (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/25).
    

    Print | Tags: Edmonton Oilers, Franchises, Houston Astros, Palace Sports & Entertainment
  • WILL PAUL ALLEN SWOOP IN AND SAVE THE SEAHAWKS?

         Getting Paul Allen to purchase the Seahawks would be the
    team's "greatest acquisition," writes SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER
    columnist Art Thiel this morning.  But the "Seattle sports
    question of the moment" is whether Ken Behring would sell the
    team.  Last week, Allen -- owner of the Blazers, Starwave and 80%
    of Ticketmaster, a co-founder of Microsoft and No. 4 on the
    Forbes 400 list -- said he "might take a look" at the Seahawks if
    they were available.  Seahawks President David Behring has said
    the team is not for sale, but Thiel notes two things in response:
    "Everything is for sale," and, lately, Behring Sr. and Behring
    Jr. have been "at some odds."  While Ken Behring is upset at King
    County over the handling of the ceiling tile episode and at the
    fact the Kingdome was not included in recent baseball stadium
    legislation, David enjoys running the team.  As for moving the
    team to the vacant L.A. market, Thiel notes the legal problems in
    breaking the Kingdome lease and the fact the NFL likes the
    Seattle market.  Thiel writes, "Rather than going up against the
    hostiles in Seattle and the hostiles in the NFL, it may occur in
    the coming months to the Behrings that the hassles of continuing
    ownership simply aren't worth it.  Thus, Paul Allen."  Allen not
    only could write a check for the team, but also guarantee
    construction loans with his wealth as collateral (SEATTLE POST-
    INTELLIGENCER, 10/25).
    

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