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FRANCHISE NOTES: ROADRUNNERS WILL STAY IN PHOENIX

     The IHL Roadrunners plan to stay in Phoenix despite the
pending arrival of an NHL team.  Roadrunner GM Adam Keller: "As
in Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles, where IHL teams compete with
the NHL, we also pay attention to a different niche of fans"
(AP/DESERET NEWS, 12/15)....The Mariners and Spring Training
Tours have already sold over 620 packages for spring training
games during the month of March.  The previous record was 275
packages in '93 (Mariners)....In a poll of 704 Seattle residents
conducted by the SEATTLE TIMES, 617 did not favor helping the
Seahawks with taxes or a new lease, while 87 did (SEATTLE TIMES,
12/13).
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