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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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