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  • A TALE OF TWO TEAMS IN ONE CITY OF TEXAS

         Oilers Owner Bud Adams signed an agreement to move his team
    to Tennessee, possibly next season, according this morning's
    HOUSTON CHRONICLE.  The nonbinding deal was signed after
    Nashville Mayor Phil Bredesen and negotiators flew to Houston to
    "iron out Adams' last-second requests, one of which was
    reportedly adding a 10-year option to the Oilers' 30-year stadium
    lease, a change Adams sought to protect his heirs."  A signing
    ceremony is scheduled for today in Nashville and the Metro
    Council is scheduled to approve the deal Tuesday.  Adams said he
    "is comfortable" with the deal, and not concerned by the length
    of the contract, which calls for "stiff penalties" should the
    team leave earlier.  Adams: "We've been in Houston for 36 years.
    Thirty years is not a problem."  The deal calls for the team to
    begin play in TN in '98, but '96 is possible under a buy-out of
    the Astrodome lease.  Both sides have an out option in March, but
    John Williams writes it "seems unlikely anything will happen in
    Houston to change Adams' mind" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 11/16).
    Headline in this morning's Nashville TENNESSEAN:  "If we build
    it, Bud will come" (TENNESSEAN, 11/16).
         NEXT!  While officials in Houston saw the next step in the
    possible relocation of the Oilers, community leaders "continued
    effort to keep the Astros from also skipping town."  The Greater
    Houston Partnership announced that "Step Up To The Plate" will be
    the slogan to promote season ticket sales (Bob Tutt, HOUSTON
    CHRONICLE, 11/16).
    

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  • BROWNS TO BALTIMORE: OHIO IN SEARCH OF A WHITE KNIGHT

         While the Browns stadium deal continued to gain official
    approval in MD, OH Gov. George Voinovich "said he is trying to
    find investors to buy the team," according to this morning's
    Akron BEACON JOURNAL.  Voinovich, who wouldn't identify possible
    investors:  "If [Browns Owner Art] Modell is not happy with the
    financial situation perhaps we can create an environment where he
    might be able to get out of all this, make some money, and walk
    away" (Akron BEACON JOURNAL, 11/16).
         SEND FAX PAPER, NOT MONEY:  Bills Dir of Community Relations
    Denny Lynch said the team and Owner Ralph Wilson have received
    400 faxes from Browns fans, while the Dolphins and Vikings report
    receiving over 300 each.  The PLAIN DEALER and local radio
    stations have made public fax and phone numbers for the NFL and
    team owners.  Lynch:  "You can tell people are sincere in their
    emotions. ... But we need more fax paper" (Jarrett Bell, USA
    TODAY, 11/16).
         NAME GAME:  In Baltimore, John Eisnenberg writes it is time
    for Modell to reconsider changing the name of the team.
    Eisenberg, who argues to leave the Browns name in Cleveland:
    "The heat of the issue would cool considerably, if not entirely,
    if everyone knew that Cleveland's next team -- and there will be
    one -- would have the old team's name and colors, courtesy of
    Modell. ... It's the right thing to do, and Modell knows it"
    (Baltimore SUN, 11/16).
    

    Print | Tags: Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Franchises, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, NFL, Wilson Sporting Goods
  • COULD ST. PAUL BE THE ONE TO BRING IN THE JETS?

         St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman met with NHL Commissioner Gary
    Bettman in New York yestrday to "explore ways" to bring the Jets
    to St. Paul, according to today's Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE.
    Coleman said later Bettman would consider such a move, but still
    called the bid "a long shot."  Coleman's staff has been working
    with officials from the Civic Center to determine the revenue
    available to Jets Owner Richard Burke and how to finance
    improvements.  The Civic Center has no luxury suites, "a prime
    revenue source," and a move "could hinge" on the issue of public
    subsidies -- a demand that "sunk efforts" with the Target Center.
    Suites and ad revenue "would be expected to figure prominently in
    any St. Paul incentive package," and Coleman said the city should
    know within two to three weeks whether a deal is possible
    (Lonetree & Weiner, Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 11/16).
    

    Print | Tags: Franchises, New York Jets, NHL
  • FRANCHISE NOTES: NASHVILLE TALKING HOCKEY AGAIN

         Gaylord Entertainment's Dick Evans will meet "sometime this
    week" with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman concerning new homes for
    the Jets and Panthers (TENNESSEAN, 11/14)....A graphic in NEW
    YORK magazine compares the Cowboys, Browns, Giants, Raiders, Rams
    and Jets in terms of franchise success under the categories of
    team-owned stadium, market monopoly, contented owner, recent
    success, burgeoning fan support, strong national identity and
    winning tradition.  The Jets rank last (NEW YORK, 11/20
    issue)....The Brewers have added a second team in the Pioneer
    League, the Ogden Raptors (BASEBALL WEEKLY, 11/15-21 issue)....Ed
    Tepper, part-owner of the NPSL expansion Philadelphia Kixx, which
    begins play next season, expects as many as 13,000 for a Chicago-
    Baltimore game Saturday at the CoreStates Spectrum.  Tepper cites
    14 corporate sponsorships for the rise in ticket sales over last
    year's game (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 11/16).
    

    Print | Tags: Cleveland Browns, Comcast-Spectacor, Dallas Cowboys, Franchises, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Jets, NHL, NPSL, Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams, Toronto Raptors
  • LE BASEBALL: EXPOS HOPING FOR STRONG SEASON TICKET SALES

         Expos President Claude Brochu said baseball is entering a
    new era and he hopes that will translate into better ticket sales
    for the team, according to the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL.  Brochu: "We
    know we're going to play in '96, so it should be favorable from a
    season-ticket base and from a group-sales base.  With the way the
    season ended with a good World Series and good playoffs, and the
    fact we have a new television deal, it makes things much more
    positive."  He also says there is a "new baseball" resulting from
    the strike and there will be a much more reasonable approach to
    clubs spending money for "years, years and years to come."
    Brochu said the Expos are in the process of renegotiating their
    lease at Olympic Stadium as the team still does not get any
    revenue from parking or corporate suites (Danny Gallagher,
    Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 11/16).
    

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  • RAIDERS TICKETING STRATEGY ONCE AGAIN UNDER FIRE

         Hundreds of extra tickets to this weekend's Raiders-Cowboys
    game in Oakland were set aside for city and county employees,
    even though "legions of Raiders fans" were denied tickets
    earlier, according to Robert Salladay of the OAKLAND TRIBUNE.
    Marketing officials were left with 800-900 extra tickets and
    decided for an "internal group sale." Last week, more than 900
    season tickets holders waited for tickets to the game, but only
    three were successful.  Oakland Deputy City Manager Ezra Rapport
    said they would have "absolute chaos" if they tried to put
    leftover tickets on public sale with just over three days left
    (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 11/16).  But the "behind-the-scenes deal
    infuriated" PSL holders who waited "in a cold drizzle" outside
    the Coliseum last week only to learn of the sell-out.  It once
    again led Raiders officials to acknowledge a marketing "mistake,"
    as they had touted the sales of extra Dallas tickets as a
    "gesture of appreciation" to PSL holders who have gone through a
    "frustrating series of snafus" this year (Peter Fimrite, S.F.
    CHRONICLE, 11/16).  The CHRONICLE runs a list of the Raiders'
    "Ticket Troubles" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 11/16).
    

    Print | Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Franchises, Oakland Raiders
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