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         Despite the first appearance of Michael Jordan in Vancouver,
    the Grizzlies did not sell out last Thursday's game against the
    Bulls (S.F. CHRONICLE, 12/5)....The Oilers still have about
    22,000 seats available for Sunday's game against the Lions
    (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 12/5)....NEWSDAY's Jim Smith reports an
    Islanders source says Darcy Regier will serve as interim GM, with
    coach Mike Milbury being named GM after the season.  Smith writes
    Milbury does not want the title right away because he doesn't
    want to be perceived as having "undermined" Don Maloney (NEWSDAY,

    Print | Tags: Chicago Bulls, Detroit Lions, Edmonton Oilers, Franchises, New York Islanders

         Jets buyer Richard Burke yesterday decided that an offer
    from St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman to have the Jets play in the St.
    Paul Civic Center had too many questions at too late of a date,
    according to the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE.  Burke said "serious
    discussions" would begin today to take the team to Phoenix to
    play in America West Arena.  Burke was "very optimistic" a final
    deal will be in place within the week.  He and partner Steven
    Gluckstern will now negotiate with Suns & Diamondbacks principal
    Jerry Colangelo, who is likely to become a Jets limited partner
    (Jay Weiner, Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 12/5).  ESPN's Linda Cohn
    reported, "The Jets should be dropping the puck in Phoenix
    beginning next season" ("SportsCenter," 12/4).  NHL Commissioner
    Gary Bettman released a statement yesterday thanking Coleman for
    his efforts and encouraged him to "pursue the necessary
    arrangements" to try and bring an NHL franchise to the city in
    the future (NHL).
         NEW AND IMPROVED:  "In all likelihood," the Jets' name will
    change, and "it would not be surprising" to see some purple added
    to the team colors, according to the ARIZONA REPUBLIC.  At a news
    conference yesterday, Colangelo said  Burke talked of changing
    the team name to one with more of a regional theme.  Colangelo
    said any changes would be up to Burke and Gluckstern, but added,
    "I wouldn't be surprised that there will be real consideration of
    a major name change and repackaging."  Colangelo estimated the
    lowest priced tickets for games would be about $10, with the
    average ticket costing $34 -- which is also the league average.
    Colangelo also noted that while he does not have a hockey
    background, he is confident the team can be a success in Phoenix.
    Colangelo: "The business of sport is applicable to any sport.
    Whether it's a puck, a basketball or a baseball, the same
    principles apply" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 12/5).
         WHAT NOW FOR WINNIPEG?  An IHL committee is expected to
    recommend today which franchise will move to Winnipeg for '96-97
    (Rachel Blount, Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 12/5).

    Print | Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, ESPN, Franchises, New York Jets, NHL, Phoenix Suns, Walt Disney

         Officials from the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, the
    Oakland Football Marketing Association, and the city's police
    department plan another meeting today on controlling fans at
    Raiders games, according to the OAKLAND TRIBUNE.  Officials
    already have announced an extra police squad will be on hand
    during the game against the Steelers this Sunday, bringing the
    total to 60 police and traffic officers assigned to the Coliseum
    during Raiders games.  On Sunday, 72 people were ejected from the
    stadium, 32 were arrested and 14 were cited by police, but police
    Sgt. Bill McFarlane noted, "We could have done three times the
    business if we wanted to" (Robert Salladay, OAKLAND TRIBUNE,

    Print | Tags: Franchises, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers
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