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  • FORMER EMPLOYEE CLAIMS SUPPORT IN CLAIMS AGAINST MAGIC

         George Scholz testified Thursday that former Magic Coach
    Matt Guokas supports his claims that Magic officials made up
    reasons to fire him, according to the ORLANDO SENTINEL.  Scholz,
    who is suing the team for reverse discrimination and defamation,
    quoted Guokas as once saying he approved of Scholz's work, but
    thought his job may still be in jeopardy.  Scholz says the team
    fired him as assistant coach to hire a black coach, but Magic
    officials contend he was only given the title as a courtesy.
    Scholz testified that a team document that says he was dismissed
    because he "followed his own agenda," was falsified and that
    Guokas backs that claim (Gene Yasuda, ORLANDO SENTINEL, 1/19).
    

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  • HORNETS OFFICIALS TAKE ACTION AS HIVE IS NOT AS ALIVE

         While the Hornets continue their streak of consecutive
    sellouts, actual attendance has "dropped noticeably" this season
    prompting team officials to take action, according to the
    CHARLOTTE OBSERVER.  Hornets Owner George Shinn is trying to
    boost the entertainment and cash value of going to a Hornets game
    by offering prizes for fans and bonuses for ushers.  Since
    installing a bar code system on tickets, Hornets officials can
    track attendance patterns, and Shinn said they will call season
    ticket holders who are not using tickets to encourage them to
    come or offer the tickets to other fans.  Promotions include a
    lottery-style "Shoot for Loot," where fans try to hit a halfcourt
    shot for money (Ron Green, CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 1/19).
    

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  • JORDAN MAKES A SPLASH IN TORONTO; RAPTORS MAKE A KILLING

         A record Canadian basketball audience of 36,118 showed up
    last night in Toronto to watch Michael Jordan and the Bulls take
    on the Raptors, according to the SPECTATOR.  Using Raptors VP
    Brian Cooper's estimation that a Jordan-less Bulls game would
    have drawn about 21,000, Jordan brought in an extra 15,118 fans,
    and an extra C$500,000 in gate and concessions (Hamilton
    SPECTATOR, 1/19).
    

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  • MLB APPROVES WALT DISNEY CO.'S BID TO ACQUIRE ANGELS

         MLB announced yesterday that owners approved the Walt Disney
    Co.'s acquisition of a 25% interest in the Angels, effective
    March 18.  Disney will also assume the role of managing general
    partner.  The Angels will be a part of Disney Sports Enterprises
    Inc., joining the Mighty Ducks, acquired by Disney in December
    '92.  Disney has the option to purchase the remaining 75%
    interest in the team at a later date, and the acquisition is
    contingent upon reaching a lease agreement with Anaheim in the
    next 60 days (Disney).  Jan Hopkins reported Disney stock was up
    1/4 to 59 3/4 after the news ("Moneyline," CNN, 1/18).  Disney
    CEO Michael Eisner: "I just come from the theory that when
    everybody is talking bad about something that's basically good,
    it's the time to get into it" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 1/18).
    

    Print | Tags: LA Angels, Anaheim Ducks, Anaheim Sports, ESPN, Franchises, MLB, Time Warner, Walt Disney
  • THE REAL BUD BOWL IS GOING TO BE IN NASHVILLE

         Oilers Owner Bud Adams gave a brief update Thursday at the
    NFL owners meetings on his plans to move his team to Nashville.
    Following the update, most NFL owners said Adams "easily will be
    able to get" approval to move, according to the HOUSTON
    CHRONICLE.  At the advice of Oilers officials, Adams had no
    comment.  But Raiders Owner Al Davis noted, "My sense is that the
    consensus is in favor of Bud.  Houston is doing nothing to block
    the move, and Bud is part of the old guard that tends to take
    care of itself."  Houston Mayor Bob Lanier has said if the Oilers
    leave and the NFL doesn't give Houston another team, the city may
    challenge the NFL as a monopoly (John Williams, HOUSTON
    CHRONICLE, 1/19).
    

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