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  • BUCS FUTURE STILL UNCERTAIN WITH NO VOTE ON BROWNS MOVE

         Despite denials from NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and
    Cleveland Mayor Michael White, reports continue that the Bucs,
    wrapped in "increasingly hostile" negotiations with Hillsborough
    County officials for a new stadium, have held talks with private
    representatives from Cleveland about replacing the Browns.  But
    Bucs Owner Malcolm Glazer can't make a move until the owners
    decide the Browns' fate, according to the TAMPA TRIBUNE.
    Tagliabue called the Bucs-to-Cleveland scenario a "rumor without
    foundation," and while Bucs GM Rich McKay said Glazer wants to
    keep the Bucs in Tampa, he added that it is not appropriate to
    comment on "any meetings scheduled or correspondence going on."
    Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen said replacing the Browns with another
    team is a "possible solution," while Raiders Owner Al Davis said,
    when asked if the Bucs might get pushed to Cleveland, "Maybe they
    won't have to be pushed" (Joe Henderson, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 1/18).
    In Tampa, Hillsborough County Commissioners spent two-and-a-half
    hours discussing stadium plans yesterday, but were unable to
    reach any consensus (Rick Stroud, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 1/18).
    

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  • MLB OWNERS EXPECTED TO APPROVE ANGELS SALE TODAY

         MLB owners are expected to approve the Walt Disney Co.'s
    proposed 25% purchase of the Angels today, but completion of the
    deal hinges on unresolved stadium lease issues, according to the
    ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER.  Disney's agreement to buy a share of the
    team includes a provision that allows the company to cancel the
    deal if lease issues are not resolved with the city of Anaheim
    within 60 days.  Called the "second-worst in baseball" by Owner
    Jackie Autry, the Angels' lease runs through 2001, and Anaheim
    City Manager Jim Ruth said he hopes to have the matter resolved
    "in less than 60 days; that's the outside time limit."  The
    Angels and Anaheim had talked about building a new stadium, but
    Disney officials think the most economic approach is to remodel
    the existing stadium.  Ruth: "We have to mutually find a way it
    can be financed so it won't be a burden to the team or taxpayers"
    (Miller & Fisher, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 1/18).  Ken Daley
    writes that Disney's decision to sell its L.A. TV station, KCAL,
    removed the final stumbling block in its bid to take over the
    team (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 1/18).
    

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  • OILERS MOVE: CLEVELAND MAKES NOISE WHILE HOUSTON IS SILENT

         While NFL owners are dealing with numerous faxes and calls
    from angry Browns fans, many said they have not heard anything
    similar from Houston.  As a result, according to the HOUSTON
    CHRONICLE, it is likely the Oilers will be allowed to leave.
    Giants Co-Owner Robert Tisch: "The attitude is that the city of
    Houston doesn't seem overwhelmed that they [the Oilers] will not
    be there.  Their mayor hasn't stood up.  It is up to Houston to
    solve their problem" (John Williams, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 1/18).
    

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  • TEAM MARKETING NOTES: MARINERS' SUCCESS CARRIES OFF-FIELD

         The Mariners found that playing in October is the key to
    marketing baseball in the Northwest, according to the Tacoma NEWS
    TRIBUNE.  Mariners President Chuck Armstrong says the team, with
    7,300 season-ticket holders last season, now has deposits for
    10,000.  And they believe they can sell 12,000.  He added they
    are yet to start their "serious ad campaign."  Mariners VP/Sales
    & Marketing Bob Gobrecht says corporate sponsorship could double
    in '96, which could bring in an additional $2M in revenue.  In
    addition, the first season highlight video ever produced by the
    team has sold more than 120,000 copies.  Also, more than 1,200
    spring training travel packages have been sold -- nearly 1,000
    more than ever before (Larry LaRue, Tacoma NEWS TRIBUNE, 1/16).
         T-WOLVES MAKE GAINS:  The T-Wolves announced yesterday the
    addition of 20 new corporate partners for '95-96, marking their
    best off-court effort since their first season in '89-90.  The
    list of new partners includes Hewlett-Packard, Pepsi, AFLAC,
    Oscar Mayer, Direct TV, USSB, Sony, PIzza Hut, and the U.S.
    Postal Service (T-Wolves).
         MOTIVATIONAL SNEAKERS?  In an attempt to bolster attendance
    among members of the local business community for games with
    "struggling rivals," the Nets are featuring pre-game
    presentations by motivational speakers.  According to CRAIN'S NEW
    YORK BUSINESS, the Nets three-event "Captain Series" has already
    sold $275,000 in tickets to businesses such as Enterprise Rent-A-
    Car, American Express, and Prudential Securities.  Nets Dir of
    Business Development Howard Nuchow:  "When you play in the shadow
    of New York, and you have the Knicks with all the glamour and
    tradition, you have to do something unique."  Notre Dame's Lou
    Holtz is scheduled to appear in February (CRAIN'S NY BUSINESS,
    1/8).
    

    Print | Tags: American Express, Cablevision, Franchises, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, PepsiCo, Prudential Securities, Seattle Mariners, YankeeNets
  • THE SALE OF THE PIRATES ALSO A HOT TOPIC IN L.A.

         The sale of the Pirates to Kevin McClatchy will not be
    ratified by MLB owners meeting this week in L.A., but NL
    President Leonard Coleman said that should not be taken as a sign
    that McClatchy's bid is collapsing, according to the WASHINGTON
    POST.  Coleman said owners yesterday sent McClatchy a list
    outlining what he needs to accomplish for approval.  Coleman also
    said the ownership committee's remaining work can be done via
    conference call, and Pirates officials say they hope the
    McClatchy deal can be completed next week (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON
    POST, 1/18).
    

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