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  • EDMONTON BUSINESSES NOT ABANDONING OILERS

         A survey by the EDMONTON JOURNAL shows that 46 of the
    approximately 55 largest businesses in Edmonton own season
    tickets or a skybox at the Northlands Coliseum.  However, the
    "problem is there aren't enough big companies in the city."  The
    JOURNAL's informal survey notes the team's strongest support
    comes from the financial community, law firms, breweries and the
    media (EDMONTON JOURNAL, 2/3).
    

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  • FRANCHISE NOTES

         Prospective Pirates buyer Kevin McClatchy finalized sale
    documents yesterday for submission to MLB.  McClatchy faces
    finding another $5M after one partner dropped out over the
    weekend (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 2/6)....Ackerley
    Communications reported sales of $235.8M in '95, up 11% from the
    previous year, and operating cash flow at $51.1M for the year, up
    18%.  Ackerley's sports division includes the Sonics, CISL
    SeaDogs and Full House Sports and Entertainment (Ackerley)....A
    Cleveland TV station reports Browns QB Vinny Testaverde said the
    team will be known as the Baltimore Mustangs next year (Akron
    BEACON JOURNAL, 2/6)....The Eagles have increased ticket prices
    by $5 for most seats at The Vet.  The only price unaffected is
    for 700-level, single-game sales (PHILA. DAILY NEWS, 2/6)....USA
    Today's David Dupree on a rumored Spurs move: "I don't think the
    league will let them go and I don't think they really want to go"
    ("This Week in the NBA," CNN, 2/4)....The Mighty Ducks are
    offering season-ticket holders the opportunity to return tickets
    they anticipate being unable to use in order to donate them to
    charity (Mighty Ducks)...."Contrary to rumors," the Twins were
    never for sale, according to columnist Sid Hartman.  The Pohlad
    family will continue to own the team until a decision is made on
    a new stadium (Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE, 2/4)....The Saints
    announced they will lower ticket prices for next season for
    terrace level seats and keep other prices the same.  Terrace
    seats drop from $30 to $25 (NEW ORLEANS TIMES-PICAYUNE,
    2/3)....More on the Bullets' five finalists for the team's name
    change.  WASHINGTON POST columnist Tony Kornheiser, on the
    proposed "Express":  "It's such an obvious tie in with Federal
    Express or American Express" (WASHINGTON POST, 2/6).
    

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  • MAGIC EXPAND BUSINESS HORIZONS BEYOND BASKETBALL

         The Magic unveiled plans yesterday for Magic Carpet
    Aviation, the newest business in the Greater Orlando Aviation
    Authority's Tradeport Center.  The business, a division of the
    Magic's parent company, RDV Sports, will be "transportation
    center" for the team and company with plans to start a worldwide
    charter service.  A central feature is the 34,000-square foot
    Magic Carpet Aviation hangar, home to the team's Boeing 737.
    Magic President Bob Vander Weide:  "As the popularity of the
    Magic continues to grow and the organization expands, we continue
    to make steps in fulfilling our vision to be recognized as the
    professional sports model of the twenty-first century."  RDV
    Sports includes the Magic, the IHL Solar Bears and Magic FanAttic
    stores.  The team also has plans for a Health/Sports Center
    (Magic).  In Orlando, Tom Povtak reports, "Although Vander Weide
    does not anticipate the charter service becoming a big
    moneymaker, he said it will offset current operating costs of the
    aircraft and generate new revenue."  The estimated cost of the
    hangar is $4M.  It will also include a high-tech conference
    center (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 2/6).
    

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  • RANGERS HOPE FOR DRASTIC GATE IMPROVEMENT THIS SEASON

         The MLB Rangers, who experienced a drop of 12,792 fans per
    game last season, are banking on improved player-owner relations
    and marketing to raise attendance.  Susan Slusser reports in the
    DALLAS MORNING NEWS that the team needs to raise their per-game
    average by approximately 3,200 to meet break-even revenue
    projections.  The club has commissioned surveys, increased
    efforts to make players more-visible in the community, added off-
    season events at The Ballpark and changed ticket package options,
    along with hiring an ad agency, the Richards Group (DALLAS
    MORNING NEWS, 2/3).
    

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  • SEAHAWKS START TO SET UP SHOP IN L.A. AREA

         Seahawks Owner Ken Behring said last night that his L.A.-
    bound team "will train in Anaheim and hopes to play its home
    games in Pasadena's Rose Bowl next year," according to this
    morning's SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER.  While King County was
    threatening to sue any city that signs a deal with Behring, the
    P-I reports Behring "showed every sign of setting up a bidding
    war between Los Angeles-area communities that want to provide the
    team's permanent home."  Yesterday, Behring met with L.A. Mayor
    Richard Riordan, City Council President John Ferraro and Steve
    Soboroff, co-chair of the mayorally appointed Football LA task
    force.  Also, a news conference with Anaheim officials was
    cancelled yesterday, although Behring is set to meet with them
    today (Boren, Penhale & Bruscas, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER,
    2/6).
         BIG A, BIG HOPES:  While the L.A. TIMES reported that
    Anaheim had the "inside track" on landing the Seahawks for the
    long-term, the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER was reporting that Behring
    "dashed" the hopes of Anaheim official that they would have an
    exclusive six-month negotiating window with the team (L.A. TIMES,
    2/6; ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 2/6).
         SOME WELCOME MAT:  As for the NFL and the Football LA task
    force, the TIMES reports that they "continue to go about their
    business as if Behring never left Seattle."  Mayor Riordan:  "I
    never feel comfortable taking something away from another city.
    ... Obviously, I don't want them to come."  Football LA Chair
    Fred Rosen:  "We have allied ourselves with the NFL and we are
    playing by the rules.  We're not sure the Seahawks have the right
    to move here or to Anaheim."  In Anaheim, Disney officials had
    reservations about the possibility of the team playing interim
    games at Anaheim Stadium.  Disney is currently negotiating with
    the city over renovations to Anaheim Stadium -- on which hinges
    the company's deal to purchase a controlling interest in the MLB
    team.  Disney Sports President Tony Tavares:  "At some point they
    won't be able to play football in that stadium because of the
    renovations that are going on.  If it would prevent us from
    starting our work, I would object."  Anaheim City Manager Jim
    Ruth, on the Disney factor:  "It's just another thing in the
    hopper" (T.J. Simers, L.A. TIMES, 2/6).
         LOCAL BUYERS?  King County officials "continued to cling to
    fading hopes" that Behring would sell to a local buyer.  Added to
    Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen were the names of former Seahawks
    Coach Chuck Knox (who issued a denial) and Nike Chair Phil Knight
    (who was not in Seattle as reported, but at Atlanta's Super
    Show).  AT&T Wireless Senior VP Bob Ratcliffe responded to rumors
    a group of high-tech execs would combine for an offer by saying
    that no one "was interested in getting in a bidding war with Mr.
    Allen" (SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 2/6).  The SEATTLE TIMES
    examines past relations with the Behrings (Schaefer & Serrano,
    SEATTLE TIMES, 2/5).  ESPN noted the team had no comment
    yesterday other than a video release from David Behring.
    Behring:  "The true problem that everybody seems to be
    sidestepping right now is the Kingdome.  The more we examined the
    Kingdome over the course of the last year and a half, the more
    problems we found" ("SportsCenter," 2/5).
         NORTHWEST EXPRESS:  B.C. Lions Owner Bill Comrie floated the
    possibility of putting an NFL team in Vancouver to operate in
    conjunction with his CFL team.  Officials from Orca Bay, owner of
    the Canucks and Grizzlies, expressed interest in Comrie's idea
    (Vancouver PROVINCE, 2/6).
         DOESN'T THE PRESIDENT HAVE ENOUGH PROBLEMS?  King County
    Exec Gary Locke is in DC today to meet with President Clinton on
    unrelated matters.  He said, however, that he would raise the
    issue of franchise instability and its effect on cities and fans
    and push for antitrust legislation currently before Congress
    (L.A. TIMES, 2/6).
    

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