SBD/3/Franchises

FRANCHISE NOTES

     A $40M lien on Paul Brown's estate and ownership of the
Bengals are "at stake" when Mike Brown goes to court against the
IRS in Chicago.  The IRS believes the stock option of team VP
John Sawyer and Brown in '83 "was a sham that was used to pass
ownership to Brown's sons to avoid estate taxes."  If Brown is
forced to repay the government, he might have to sell the team
(Mult., 6/3)....ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS business writer Don Knox
speculates on the future stock prospects of Ascent Entertainment,
noting while the  Avalanche are hot, Ascent plans to spend a lot
of cash over the next few years 'upgrading" Spectravision,
building the Pepsi Center and on a Harrison Ford movie (ROCKY
MOUNTAIN NEWS, 6/2)...Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner denied a
N.Y. TIMES report that team doctors knew about David Cone's
medical condition before he returned to pitch on May 2.
According to the TIMES, Cone was at "significant risk" and could
have lost his right arm had his aneurysm burst (NEWSDAY,
6/3)....The Vikings have sold 38,000 season tickets for '96-97.
They sold 45,000 last year (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE,
6/2)....Oilers Owner Bud Adams is interested in backing an MLS
team for Nashville, and MLS Exec VP Randy Bernstein said the
league "certainly would look at Nashville two, three years down
the road" (TENNESSEAN, 5/31)....The IHL Spiders, who filed for
Chapter 11 in San Francisco, have held preliminary talks to move
to Nashville for '96-97.  An announcement could come this week
(TENNESSEAN, 5/31).
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