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  • FRANCHISE NOTES

         The Capitals have announced "Furlough Friday," a promotion
    which offers discounted tickets for Friday's game against the
    Oilers to all federal employees (Capitals).... Mavericks Owner
    Donald Carter said the way the Bulls and Blackhawks share revenue
    50-50 at the United Center should be a model for Dallas (DALLAS
    MORNING NEWS, 12/20)....As Blazers Owner Paul Allen explores the
    possibility of purchasing the Panthers, Blazer officials last
    week sent surveys to season-ticket holders asking if they would
    be willing to buy NHL tickets -- and, if so, how much they would
    spend.  Allen should decide by the end of the month whether to
    buy an existing team, wait for the next round of expansion, or
    take a pass (L.A. TIMES, 12/20).
    

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  • JETS ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT TO PLAY IN PHOENIX NEXT SEASON

         Jets Owners Richard Burke and Steven Gluckstern officially
    announced an agreement yesterday with Suns Chair Jerry Colangelo
    to have the team play in America West Arena next season.  The
    team's lease at America West will run 15 years, depending on
    undisclosed renewal options (USA TODAY, 12/20).  According to a
    the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, Jets President Barry Shenkarow has
    signed a 10-year agreement to be a consultant to the club in
    Phoenix.  It was also announced yesterday that a contest will be
    held to decide the name of the team.  The team colors will
    include purple (a staple of Colangelo teams), and the name will
    include "Phoenix" rather than "Arizona."  Gluckstern said some
    names mentioned have been the Coyotes, Scorpions, Mustangs,
    Posse, Outlaws, Dry Ice ... and Jets (GLOBE & MAIL, 12/20).
         HOT SPORTS MARKET (BUT IT'S A DRY HEAT):  ESPN's Bob Ley
    called Phoenix "the newest burgeoning sports capital of the U.S."
    ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 12/19).
    

    Print | Tags: ESPN, Franchises, Miami Heat, New York Jets, Phoenix Coyotes, Phoenix Suns, Walt Disney
  • ONE MORE TRY FOR THE BUCS: ORLANDO CREATES TASK FORCE

         Orange County commissioners voted yesterday to create a task
    force of Central Florida business, sports and political leaders
    for a "last-ditch" effort to get the Bucs to move to Orlando,
    according to the ORLANDO SENTINEL.  The move comes after Orange
    County Chair Linda Chapin's comments last week that they will not
    offer a "sweetheart deal" to the Bucs.  Still, the task force's
    goals are vague -- the group has no negotiating authority and
    mirrors the Orlando Area Sports Commission (Lawrence Lebowitz,
    ORLANDO SENTINEL, 12/20).
    

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  • WITH NO DEAL YET IN CHICAGO, BEARS CONTINUE GARY TALKS

         The Bears held another round of talks with officials in
    northwest Indiana Tuesday, moving closer to a "memorandum of
    understanding" committing the team to move to Gary if a local
    income tax increase is approved, according to the CHICAGO SUN-
    TIMES.  Indiana stadium group spokesperson Colleen Dykes said an
    agreement outlining terms under which the Bears would move could
    be finalized in "two or three weeks."  Bears VP Ted Phillips said
    it could take as long as a few months for "major contingencies"
    to be addressed to the team's satisfaction.  Tuesday's
    negotiations were the first since the Bears broke off talks with
    the city of Chicago (Fran Spielman, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 12/20).
         BLITZ:  Proponents of a Bears stadium in Gary plan to launch
    an advertising "blitz" this weekend, according to the GARY POST-
    TRIBUNE.  Readers of Sunday's Post-Tribune and Munster Times will
    see full-page ads touting the $482M stadium.  NIPSCO (the local
    power company) customers will also get a similar ad in monthly
    billing statements.  The print ads, which cost $4,500, will be
    paid for by the Dewey Parriman Construction Advancement
    Foundation, the Lake County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and
    the Northwest Indiana Forum.  The Convention and Visitors Bureau
    has earmarked $10,000 to market the stadium idea and is trying to
    get its information to the public first.  NIPSCO has already
    spent $400,000 on marketing, consultants' fees, environmental
    tests, architectural renderings and feasibility studies.  NIPSCO
    is counting on Northwest Indiana-Chicago Land Entertainment Inc.
    repaying that money as residents are concerned utility rates will
    go up with the stadium spending.  Dykes says the money comes from
    NIPSCO's economic development budget, set up to lure business to
    the region (Peter Van Allen, GARY POST-TRIBUNE, 12/19).
    

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