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         ESPN's Dan Patrick reported the Pirates sale to Kevin
    McClatchy has apparently hit a few last-minute snags, but
    McClatchy said "baseball isn't going to let this thing come
    undone over a couple of million dollars" ("SportsCenter," 1/9).
    McClatchy is still several million dollars short of the debt-to-
    equity ratio set by MLB, and some Pittsburgh Council members are
    questioning his interest in staying in town if he gets MLB's
    approval to buy the club (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 1/10)....Snow
    postponed a conference between CFL Stallions Owner Jim Speros and
    Baltimore city officials to discuss the fate of the CFL champs.
    Speros previously said he would keep the team in Baltimore if
    20,000 fans pledged money for '96 season tickets by Monday.  The
    drive only produced 13,000 ticket requests (Montreal GAZETTE,
    1/10).  Speros said it would take a "stroke of luck" for him to
    stay in Baltimore (TORONTO SUN, 1/10)....Raiders tickets will be
    marketed much differently next season, according to the S.F.
    CHRONICLE.  Meetings are planned with season-ticket holders to
    address complaints and answer questions concerning group seating
    and marketing strategies (S.F. CHRONICLE, 1/4)....The Sabres have
    been meeting with their Canadian Advisory Board as part of the
    team's continuing efforts to improve relations with Ontario fans

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         Former Magic assistant George Scholz's reverse
    discrimination lawsuit against the team began Tuesday in Orange
    County Circuit Court.  Scholz, who is white, says he was fired in
    1992 so the Magic could hire a black assistant coach to replace
    him.  Dan Brodersen, Scholz's attorney :  "We feel we have an
    abundance of evidence that the Magic was receiving pressure to
    hire a black coach and they acted on that pressure by terminating
    George."  According to the ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, Brodersen also
    said current coach Brian Hill and former boss Matt Goukas
    confided to Scholz that the team was feeling community pressure
    to add a black assistant and that they had drawn up a list of
    qualified black candidates a month before Scholz was fired (John
    Romano, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 1/10).  Among those subpoenaed to
    testify in the trial, which will be broadcast on CourtTV:
    Goukas, ex-Magic guard Scott Skiles, trainer Lenny Currier, Magic
    President and Part-Owner Bob Vander Weide, and local sportscaster
    Glen Dehmer.  Scholz, who was unable to find another job for two
    years, is currently head coach at Jacksonville Univ. (Tim Povtak,

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         NL President Leonard Coleman, in Houston to drum up support
    for an Astros season ticket drive, hinted they might be allowed
    to move to VA if projections are not met.  According to the
    HOUSTON CHRONICLE, Coleman said it would be unfair to force Owner
    Drayton McLane to continue assuming huge losses.  Coleman: "We
    can't look at a private entrepreneur and say year after year
    you've got to run up deficits. ... If Houstonians step up to the
    plate, we'll be in good shape" (John William, HOUSTON CHRONICLE,
    1/9).  Since McLane's November announcement that he would give
    the city one more chance, only 3,500 season tickets have been
    sold -- 900 of which are new orders.  The Astros need to sell
    approximately 18,000 more season tickets and at least 12,000
    other seats per game to meet the attendance goal of 2.5 million
    fans next season (WASHINGTON TIMES, 1/10).

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