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  • BROWNS, CITY AT ODDS OVER WHEN TO START TRIAL ON LEASE

         Attorneys for the city of Cleveland and the Browns "were far
    apart as they proposed dates" for the start of a trial before a
    Cuyahoga County judge on the disputed lease at Cleveland Stadium,
    according to this morning's Akron BEACON JOURNAL.  The city has
    proposed March 3, while the team is pushing for next Monday,
    December 4.  Judge Kenneth Callahan will now set the date.  In
    other news, at a press conference yesterday, Cleveland Mayor
    Michael White denied all rumors of possible shifts of other NFL
    franchise to the city, saying that Cleveland is being used by NFL
    owners seeking better deals in their cities.  White:  "Somebody's
    trying to leverage us."  White also said they rejected three
    offers from the Browns to settle before last week's lease hearing
    (Arnie Rosenberg, Akron BEACON JOURNAL, 11/28).
         NOT A LOT OF HOPE:  BEACON JOURNAL columnist Terry Pluto
    writes, "Andre Rison has a better chance of being elected mayor
    of Cleveland than the court system does of keeping the Browns
    here" (BEACON JOURNAL, 11/28).
         SOLIDARITY:  This Thursday, the IHL Phoenix Roadrunners will
    hold "Cleveland Sports Fan Appreciation Night" at Arizona
    Veterans Memorial Coliseum when the team meets the Cleveland
    Lumberjacks.  Anyone wearing Indians, Browns, Cavaliers or
    Lumberjacks merchandise, or anyone holding a sign supporting
    Cleveland sports, will be eligible for two tickets ($12 or $10)
    for the price of one (IHL).
    

    Print | Tags: Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians, Franchises, NFL
  • FLYERS LOOKING TO HAVE AHL TEAM PLAY IN PHILLY

         Flyers President & GM Bob Clarke said Sunday the team plans
    to apply to have a new AHL affiliate play next door at the
    CoreStates Spectrum, according to the PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS.
    The Flyers are currently affiliated with the Hershey Bears, and
    while a Bears representative says he has heard nothing from the
    Flyers, sources close to the situation say the Bears expect the
    Flyers to pull out of their agreement by the mid-December renewal
    deadline.  Les Bowen reports, while the AHL still has to grant
    the Flyers a team, sources say the AHL is eager to get in the
    Philadelphia market and "will not stand in the Flyers' way."  The
    team would play in the CoreStates Spectrum while the Flyers play
    in the new CoreStates Center.  AHL expansion franchises currently
    go for $1.5M and the municipally owned Cornwall (Ontario) Aces
    are believed to be for sale for less than $1.5M.  Cornwall is
    currently the Avalanche's AHL affiliate.  Clarke said the Flyers
    currently spend from $750,000 to $1M a year in their agreement
    with Hershey, but feel they could operate a team for less in
    Philadelphia (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 11/27).
    

    Print | Tags: AHL, Chicago Bears, Colorado Avalanche, Comcast-Spectacor, Franchises, Philadelphia Flyers
  • FRANCHISE NOTES: HOUSTON LAW FIRMS SHOWS ASTROS SPIRIT

         The law firm of H.D. Caldwell, Jr. & Associates, LLP, has
    declared its support of the Astros by donating four season
    tickets to the Texas Children's Hospital and creating an employee
    incentive plan that could generate up to 2000 additional fans
    during the '96 season (Caldwell & Assoc.). ....In L.A., Helene
    Elliott notes Stars Owner Norm Green will not be missed:  "He was
    brash and rude and cried over the terms of his lease at Reunion
    Arena from the moment he arrived in Dallas.  The NHL needs owners
    with deeper pockets -- and stronger credentials -- than Green"
    (L.A. TIMES, 11/28)....A FINANCIAL WORLD report examines large
    companies owning sports franchises.  Pablo Galarza examines
    Viacom's sale of the Knicks and Rangers and Anheuser-Busch's
    intention to sell the Cardinals (FW, 12/5 issue)....The IHL Grand
    Rapids Griffin announced ticket prices for their inaugural season
    in '96-97.  Single game prices range from $5-22.  Season tickets
    range from $258-946 (Griffins)....The Orioles and NationsBank
    have teamed up to give fans a "Birdwatching Loan" to pay for
    season tickets (WASHINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL, 11/30 issue).
    

    Print | Tags: Anheuser Busch, AEG, Baltimore Orioles, Bank of America, Cablevision, Colorado Rapids, Dallas Stars, Franchises, Houston Astros, New York Knicks, NHL, Southwest Sports Group, Viacom
  • SEAHAWKS GROWING FRUSTRATED WITH KING COUNTY OFFICIALS

         Since the Seahawks first approached King County officials
    about ways to improve the Kingdome, the Sonics have moved into a
    newly remodeled Seattle Center Coliseum, and the Mariners have
    been promised a $325M taxpayer-supported ballpark.  Seahawks
    Owner Ken Behring:  "It seems like we're bumping our heads
    against the walls, like the message is, really, that they (King
    County officials), would prefer we just went away."  Tacoma NEWS
    TRIBUNE's Bart Wright Behring is upset about misconceptions he
    wants a new stadium, not a renovated Kingdome, and the notion
    that he is more interested in leaving.  Behring:  "Moving is the
    last thing you want to do, the very last thing.  Art Modell is
    going to be tied up in lawsuits for years."  Behring added,
    "We've been told that the word is out that it is political
    suicide to be supportive of the Seahawks and I'm beginning to
    think that's the truth" (Tacoma NEWS TRIBUNE, 11/27).
    

    Print | Tags: Franchises, Seattle Mariners, Seattle Seahawks, Vulcan Ventures
  • STALLIONS OWNER HAS "POSITIVE" MEETING WITH BALTIMORE MAYOR

         While the state of MD has not made any financial promises to
    the CFL Stallions, Owner Jim Speros received a "warmer" reception
    yesterday from Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke, according to the
    Baltimore SUN.  Speros said Schmoke promised to see if the
    Maryland Stadium Authority would pick up some of the team's
    annual $400,000 in operating costs, adding Schmoke wants to make
    sure the MSA treats the Stallions the same way as the Browns.
    The Stallions will start a season-ticket campaign Friday aimed at
    gaining 20,000 season-ticket holders.  Their season-ticket base
    was 17,800 last season.  While Speros said, "If we sell 20,000
    tickets, I'm not going anyplace," he still plans to "explore"
    moving the team.  He is scheduled to meet with an investment
    group in Richmond, tour Foreman Field in Norfolk, and meet with
    University of Maryland officials about playing at Byrd Stadium
    (Baltimore SUN, 11/28).
    

    Print | Tags: CFL, Cleveland Browns, Franchises
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