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  • ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER GLIMPSE INTO THE MIND OF JERRY JONES

         Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones is profiled in the WASHINGTON POST
    this morning, while the WALL STREET JOURNAL examines the off-the-
    field rivalry between the Cowboys and 49ers.  In Washington,
    David Aldridge notes that "slowly, Jones is winning converts" in
    his battle to open up NFL team marketing practices.  But he and
    the league are still headed for a legal showdown.  Jones:  "The
    problem we've got in the NFL is we're too hung up, and use too
    much as an excuse, the cyclical nature of when you're hot, you're
    hot, and when you're not, you're not.  In marketing, you can be
    hot when you're not on the football field" (WASHINGTON POST,
    1/5).  The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Roger Thurow writes Jones
    "viewed the Niners' [cap] machinations as sneaky and sinister,
    and he relishes the thought of probing other quiet deals by the
    49ers and other owners in the discovery process of the NFL's $300
    million suit against him" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 1/5).
    

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  • COULD STALLIONS BE RUNNING WILD ON ASTRODOME TURF?

         CFL Stallions Owner Jim Speros and CFL Commissioner Larry
    Smith met with Astros Owner Drayton McLane yesterday to discuss
    the possibility of the team playing in the Astrodome.  McLane
    "did not put a lease proposal on the table, but the two sides set
    parameters for future discussions," according to Carlton Thompson
    of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE.  Speros reportedly "left the meeting
    more optimistic than ever" because McLane assured him that
    Astrodome USA is not bound to just one football team, meaning the
    Stallions can play there even if the Oilers don't move to
    Tennessee until '98 (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 1/5).
    

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  • NORTHERN VIRGINIA KEEPING AN EYE ON THE PIRATES?

         Although the Pirates sale is still in question, an executive
    for Northern VA attorney William Collins said they will not get
    involved in the Pittsburgh situation, unless the current deal
    with Kevin McClatchy "falls apart."  Virginia Baseball's Michael
    Scanlon:  "We're going to stay away until somebody calls and says
    this team can be relocated."  Scanlon added that Collins is "in
    constant contact" with Astros Owner Drayton McLane, with whom he
    tried to deal last fall (Hal Bodley, USA TODAY, 1/5).
    

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  • SHULA TO STEP DOWN AFTER 26 YEARS WITH DOLPHINS

         After 26 years with the Dolphins and having amassed the
    record as the NFL's winningest coach, Don Shula will announce his
    resignation today.  Under his contract, Shula has the option of
    staying on in an administrative capacity.  Shula also owns a
    piece of the Dolphins (Mult., 1/5).
         ARE FOX AND HBO LOSING AN ANALYST?  On HBO's "Inside the
    NFL," Len Dawson said colleague Jimmy Johnson refused to
    participate in any talk concerning his replacing Shula. HBO's
    Gary Myers said Johnson told him he felt he was a part of the
    story and it would be inappropriate for him to comment until Don
    Shula made an announcement on his own.  Myers also reported that
    Johnson insists he has not been contacted by the Dolphins, but
    that he has spoken with the Bucs (HBO, 1/4).  ESPN's Chris
    Mortenson:  "Jimmy Johnson is not going to go away. His
    popularity in South Florida is immense. ... A key factor, though,
    is does Don Shula remain in the front office with authority?  If
    that happens I don't think Jimmy Johnson is going to be the next
    coach of the Miami Dolphins" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 1/4).
         WAYNE IN THE BOX:  Nick Buoniconti speculated Shula was
    forced out by Huizenga, "I've never known Wayne Huizenga to make
    a bad business deal and this probably goes in the same line as
    that.  You have to remember that in 1997 all those luxury boxes -
    - 200 of them -- come up for renewal.  Those are major leases,
    major revenue for that stadium, major revenue for Wayne Huizenga.
    We know that if in 1996 the Dolphins do not have a good team,
    it's going to be very difficult for him to sell those skyboxes
    because he wants to almost double the rent on those" ("Inside the
    NFL," 1/4).
    

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  • TIGERS SET TO HIT THE ROAD IN BID TO BRING BACK FANS

         The Tigers will "revive" their statewide media tour in an
    attempt to win back customers turned off by the baseball strike.
    The tour will run for two weeks and feature fan interaction at
    various levels.  The tour will start with TigerFest at Joe Louis
    Arena on January 27 and go on to eight cities in MI, OH, and
    Ontario (DETROIT NEWS, 1/5).
    

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