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FRANCHISE NEWS & NOTES

     With 10,000 tickets still available for the Raiders Sunday
game with Seattle, the NFL extended its blackout deadline from
Thursday at 4pm EDT to Friday at 9pm EDT.  The extension is due
to ongoing construction at the Coliseum, as the stadium's seating
capacity has yet to be determined.  In addition, the league will
sometimes grant an extension for games that follow a week which
includes a holiday (Oakland Football Marketing
Association)....Manchester United, Britain's most profitable
soccer team, announced a near doubling of pre-tax profits.  The
club attributed the additional profits to increased television
revenues.  Manchester is part of the Premier League, which is
televised by News Corp.'s BSkyB (Tim Burt, FINANCIAL TIMES,
10/4).
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