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  • BEHRING DOWN: WILL KEN DUMP HAWKS, BUY SHARE IN A'S?

         Although "he won't admit it publicly," Seahawks Owner Ken
    Behring "appears ready to listen to sales pitches" from potential
    buyers willing to keep the team in Seattle, according to John
    Clayton of the Tacoma NEWS-TRIBUNE.  Clayton lists Microsoft Co-
    Founder Paul Allen, who is "in position to write a check without
    thinking;" the Nordstrom family; Nike's Phil Knight; and the
    McCaw Family, owners of Vancouver's Orca Bay Entertainment.
    Clayton reports that Behring sent for the team's financial
    records at their WA office "to present to Allen or other
    potential investors," and predicts that "Allen and Behring
    probably will sit across the table and discuss numbers."  Clayton
    also notes Behring has talked with former Seahawks partner Ken
    Hoffman about buying into Hoffman's 50% share of the A's, "so
    he'll be able to stay in sports" (Tacoma NEWS-TRIBUNE, 2/20).
    

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  • DO OIL AND WATER MIX? NASHVILLE RESIDENTS SAY YES

         A poll in the Nashville TENNESSEAN shows that the deal to
    finance the Oilers' move has support among Davidson County
    voters.  In Houston, John Williams reports that 53% of Nashville-
    area residents approve of a plan to raise the city's share of
    $140M for a new Oilers stadium through water and sewer fees,
    while 34% oppose.  However, 58% said they would want a
    referendum.  Meanwhile, the TN House Finance Committee approved a
    bill Tuesday to pay for the state's $80M portion.  The Nashville
    Metro Council will likely vote February 27 on whether to finance
    the city's obligation through water and sewer fees (HOUSTON
    CHRONICLE, 2/21).
    

    Print | Tags: Edmonton Oilers, Franchises
  • FLORIDA'S UNCIVIL WAR: COUNTIES BATTLE FOR BUCCANEERS

         Osceola County, a largely rural area just south of Orlando,
    offered Hillsborough County "an olive branch" Tuesday after Tampa
    area officials threatened a $500M lawsuit over attempts to lure
    the Bucs from Tampa.  Osceola County Chair Jim Norman said his
    government is not trying to "pirate" the team, but "stopped short
    of suspending talks with Bucs officials."  The team's lease with
    Hillsborough County has them in Tampa Stadium through 2000, but
    they have a buyout option.  Hillsborough officials say they will
    file a suit against any body involved in trying to lure their
    team away -- be it another state or a FL county (Charean Williams
    ORLANDO SENTINEL, 2/21).  Meanwhile, in Tampa, Joe Henderson
    notes Hillsborough officials say the Bucs may have a response to
    local proposals to keep the team moving "by this weekend."  The
    Bucs have had only one official meeting with Tampa officials
    since January 10 (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 2/21).
    

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  • FRANCHISE NOTES

         ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that at least one NFL team
    has filed a complaint with the league that Jaguars VP of Football
    Operations Michael Huyghue "has bent the free agent rules," such
    as when he attended the Pro Bowl and stayed at the players' hotel
    ("SportsCenter," 2/20).... Indianapolis will have a team in the
    CISL for the '96 season.  The yet-to-be-named team will play at
    Market Square Arena.  Ownership details will be announced
    Thursday (CISL). ....Representatives from the Rams will tour the
    facilities at Univ. of WI-Stephens Point and Univ. of WI-Eau
    Claire on Thursday.  The team is considering moving its training
    camp to WI (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 2/21)....The AHL Cape
    Breton Oilers may be forced move due to local economic problems.
    Possible sites:  Lexington, KY; Lowell, MA; or Scranton/Wilkes-
    Barre, PA (EDMONTON JOURNAL, 2/21).
    

    Print | Tags: AHL, Edmonton Oilers, ESPN, Franchises, Jacksonville Jaguars, NFL, St. Louis Rams, Walt Disney
  • ROYALS MARKETING PLAN GIVES FANS A FLASHBACK, PREVIEW

         The Royals will launch a new marketing campaign with the
    tagline "Get in the Game," featuring legend George Brett and
    "wunderkind" Johnny Damon in a TV spot they hope mixes "the
    Royals' winning tradition with a bright-looking future."  The
    K.C. STAR's Dick Kaegel writes that Brett "more than anyone, says
    'Royals' to the public."  In the spot, Brett and Damon are shown
    watching TV and "battling over the remote control," as Brett
    continually flips back to clips showing highlights of his career,
    while Damon opts for clips featuring himself.  The Royals are
    also addressing several other areas in an attempt to boost
    "sagging" ticket sales from last season.  The Royals recently
    became the final MLB team to have a computerized ticketing
    system, as it inked a deal with Ticketmaster.  Royals GM Herk
    Robinson said the team will offer tickets with only a $1 service
    fee -- the lowest in MLB -- covering any additional costs.  The
    team is also offering family nights, they staged an offseason
    caravan tour, and will premiere a mascot during its April 5 home
    opener against Boston (K.C. STAR, 2/21).
    

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