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TROUBLED WATERS: SHARKS AND WARRIORS CALL OFF ARENA TALKS

     The Sharks have "halted" talks with the Warriors regarding
sharing San Jose Arena, according to the OAKLAND TRIBUNE.  The
move comes as Sharks officials have accused the Warriors of
"manipulating" them to get a better deal in Oakland.  Sharks
President Art Savage: "They want to stay in Oakland and I think
they should.  We wish them well, but I refuse to jeopardize the
arena and franchise."  The Warriors continue to talk with Oakland
and negotiators there say the latest proposal -- refurbishing
Oakland Coliseum with larger stands and luxury boxes, is
"feasible and doable" by '97-98 (Robert Salladay, OAKLAND
TRIBUNE, 11/3).  In S.F., Matier & Ross report the team would
play in the Cow Palace while work was done on the Coliseum.  This
deal, which could be announced as early as today, would see the
Warriors get $10-15M up front from Oakland and Alameda County,
and $3-5M for a new practice facility (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE,
11/3).
     A'S NEWS: New A's owners Steve Schott and Ken Hofmann
announced yesterday at a press conference they have hired
baseball consultants to monitor the renovation work being done on
the Oakland Coliseum.  They expressed "extreme" disappointment in
favoritism shown to the Raiders.  If the situation in Oakland
doesn't go as the new owners like, they can move the team in
three years when their lease option comes up (Robert Salladay,
OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 11/3).
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