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Published November 21, 1995
N.Y. Jets Owner Leon Hess was asked after Sunday's loss if he has thought about selling the team. Hess: "Not at all. This is one of the few pleasures I get out of life, win or lose" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/21). Last night, the Jets were the butt of a Jay Leno joke. Leno was relating Beatles' songs to events or people of today. After "I'm a loser," a picture of a Jets helmet was flashed ("Tonight," NBC, 11/20)....Molson Cos. Ltd., owners of the Canadiens, the Montreal Forum and Molstar Communications, has replaced Bruce Pope as brewery president, with John Barnett, the brewer's top U.S. exec. The GLOBE & MAIL's Marina Strauss reports, "The shuffle was seen by some industry observers as a possible prelude to a larger shakeup at both the brewer and parent Molson Cos." (GLOBE & MAIL, 11/21)....ESPN reported the agent for Patriots CB Maurice Hurst would file a grievance against the team for releasing his client. Doug Sunseri contends the team should not be allowed to release Hurst because he was injured. He further contends that, at the request of the team, Hurst had been playing the entire season with a bulging disc in his neck ("SportsCenter," 11/21)....While Dodgers Owner Peter O'Malley is willing to build an NFL stadium near Dodger Stadium and Disney would like to do some "venture" with the NFL, John Clayton of the Tacoma NEWS TRIBUNE writes, "Los Angeles is nothing like Baltimore and Nashville." Noting the lack of stadium construction in L.A., Clayton writes, "If you don't sell PSLs, you don't get the franchise." Until such a campaign is in place, no team, including the Seahawks, will move there (Tacoma NEWS TRIBUNE, 11/20)....Average attendance for the Blues is down 2,253 from last season (ST. LOUIS POST- DISPATCH, 11/19)....Tom Enlund writes that the Bucks' payroll is $19.5M this season, significantly below the NBA's $23M salary cap (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 11/18).....For the fourth time since '91, the Braves have announced they will raise ticket prices for next season (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 11/18)....The Panthers will edge the Lightning by just 200 miles as the NHL's most traveled team. Both teams are in the 51,000-mile range. The Panthers' travel budget is about $1M this year (MIAMI HERALD, 11/20)....Last night was the Blazers' first non-sellout since April '77. The team has moved from the 12,800-seat Memorial Coliseum into the 21,300-seat Rose Garden (L.A. TIMES, 11/21).