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FRANCHISE NOTES: J-E-T-S, JETS, JETS, JETS

     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).
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