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FRANCHISE NOTES: CLEVELAND SAYS AT LEAST LEAVE US THE NAME

     The City of Cleveland filed a federal lawsuit seeking to
keep the name "Cleveland Browns" and "the Browns" as a community
resource.  The suit alleges that moving the team name along with
the club would create "unfair competition, and is wrongful
registration and misappropriation of a trade name."  Of the 829
calls to a special Baltimore SUN phone number, 774 said the team
should not be called the Browns (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL,
11/17)....The Saints cut prices on single game tickets to the
upper level of the Superdome for the final two home games of the
season. Seats will cost $25 instead of $30 and a youth/senior
ticket will be offered for $18.  They are also offering a special
$2 meal of hot dog, soft drink and a bag of popcorn (USA TODAY,
11/17)...Magic Owner Rick DeVos said he has talked to Orlando
officials about the possible relocation of the Bucs.  DeVos:
"How many sports dollars are there to go around in Orlando?  What
about the advertising dollar?"  DeVos said he has been asked to
meet with the Glazers to see if he would "consider taking a piece
of the team" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 11/17)....The Grizzlies and
Raptors are profiled in this week's SI.  Michael Farber writes,
"Canada is still opening its eyes to the NBA, but it has begun to
recognize what it is seeing" (SI, 11/20).... After the Oilers
announcement, CFL Stallions Owner Jim Speros said he will meet
with Houston officials again about moving to the Astrodome
(Baltimore SUN, 11/17).
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