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BETTMAN "FRUSTRATED" AS NASHVILLE STALKS HUIZENGA'S PANTHERS

     NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was in Miami this week
weighing the chances for a new arena for the Panthers.  According
to the MIAMI HERALD's David Neal, it was "more of a fact-finding
mission" than a "last-ditch" attempt to keep the team in South
FL.  Bettman met with commissioners from both Dade and Broward
Counties and reports that both expressed a desire to build an
arena and keep the team.  But, Bettman added, "In terms of being
able to say to me, 'Here's where the money is coming from, here's
where the building will be built, just give me a couple of weeks
to work out the details,' they couldn't do that."  Bettman will
appraise the NHL's Board of Governors on the Panthers' situation
at their December 14-15 meeting in West Palm Beach (MIAMI HERALD,
11/30).  The TENNESSEAN's Jeff Legwold calls Nashville, via
Gaylord Entertainment, the "leading candidate" to obtain the team
if it moves or is sold.  Panthers President Bill Torrey said he
has had no discussions with anyone from Nashville or Gaylord, but
added, "If you have an arena it's not like anyone needs a spy
satellite or anything to see the cities where they are
available."  Torrey said Panthers Owner Wayne Huizenga talks with
FL officials "on a daily basis" (TENNESEAN, 11/29).  Bettman:
"We're not looking for a situation where the Nashville offer has
to be matched.  We're looking for a deal in which it works here"
(David Neal, MIAMI HERALD, 11/30).
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