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FRANCHISE NOTES

     The AHL Cornwall Aces have announced that the city of
Cornwall, Ontario, has decided to terminate its contract with the
team at the end of the season.  Mayor Ron Martelle said the city
was unable "to continue the financial commitment necessary to
operate an AHL franchise."  The Aces will address the future of
the club soon (ESPNET, 2/15).... The city of Baltimore is among a
number of creditors suing CFL owner Jim Speros over debts
incurred during the Stallions' stay.  The city is seeking
$435,782 it claims it is owed on a defaulted loan for Memorial
Stadium improvements.  Speros says he intends to pay all
creditors once a $2.75M loan from Canadian officials is approved
(Baltimore SUN, 2/16).... Today was the deadline for prospective
Devil Rays season ticket holders to pay a 25% deposit to maintain
their priority number.  How many of the 4,000 accounts and 15,000
seat reservations were paid for won't be known for a few weeks,
according to Devil Rays Dir of Sales and Marketing Mike Seamon
(TAMPA TRIBUNE, 2/16).... The Jaguars have decided to opt out of
their training camp contract with Univ. of Wisconsin-Stevens
Point.  They will train instead in Jacksonville.  The school is
talking with the Rams to take the Jaguars' place (MILWAUKEE
JOURNAL SENTINEL, 2/16). ....T-Wolves Ticket Sales Manager Jeff
Munneke, on demand for tonight's sold-out Bulls game:  "If we put
this game in the Metrodome, we could easily sell 50,000 tickets.
No question" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 2/16)....In Seattle,
Angelo Bruscas examines the reception Ken Behring has received in
L.A. since announcing his intention to move.  L.A. City
Councilman Mike Hernandez:  "It was a total surprise ... the
proper groundwork wasn't there."  Behring spokesperson John
Eckel, of Hill & Knowlton:  "Once this is all settled and the
legalities are cleared away, you're going to see a tremendous,
tremendous amount of support come out down here" (SEATTLE POST-
INTELLIGENCER, 2/15).
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