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FRANCHISE NOTES: JETS OWNER TO TALK WITH ST. PAUL MAYOR

     In Minneapolis, Jay Weiner notes Jets buyer Richard Burke
plans to talk with St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman about the future
of the NHL franchise today, as Burke denied he and partner Steven
Gluckstern are close to a deal to move the team to Phoenix
(Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 12/1)....The MLB Rangers announced
some of their tickets for next season will be cheaper.  Terrace
Club Box seats will be $15, down from $18 of last season.  The
team is also offering a $100 discount over single-game prices for
full-season ticket purchasers (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM,
11/29)....The NFL has pushed back the due date for the Rams'
payment of their $20M relocation fee.  The deadline, already
extended from November 22, is now December 7 (ST. LOUIS POST-
DISPATCH, 12/1)....Blue Jays GM Gord Ash said the team will leave
its Dunedin spring training site if they don't get more space.
Dunedin City Manager John Lawrence said the city will work to try
an accommodate the team (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 12/1)....The Broncos have
instituted a new policy in an attempt to end the selling of
season tickets by ticket holders.  The new policy, which starts
January 16, will require proof of both parties' relationship, or
for corporate tickets, proof of a buyout or merger
(AP/Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 12/1).
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