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FRANCHISE NOTES

     New L.A. Kings President Tim Leiweke's three-year deal with
the club could be worth as much as $450,000 annually (L.A. TIMES,
4/25)....The MLB Cardinals are considering leaving St.
Petersburg, their spring training home for the last 50 years, for
a complex in Jupiter, FL, that would be shared with the Expos.
Cards President Mark Lamping cited concern for the effect the
Devil Rays will have on the St. Petersburg area, which could move
into the Cards' old facility (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 4/24)....For
the first time since '92-93, Timberwolves season ticket packages
will stay level (Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE, 4/24)....About 6,000
tickets are unsold for the Cavaliers' playoff opener tonight
against the Knicks, and 7,000 remain for Saturday's game.
Tickets are being sold at regular season prices (Cleveland PLAIN
DEALER, 4/24)....Failure to fill the 4,763-seat Centre 200 is
cited as one of the reasons the AHL Cape Breton Oilers' owners
are considering moving the team.  The Oilers, who ranked 13th in
attendance out of 18 teams, have some of the lowest ticket prices
in the AHL -- $8 for children and $10.75 for adults (EDMONTON
JOURNAL, 4/24).
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