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FRANCHISE NOTES

     Randy Johnson, President of the Orlando Area Sports
Commission, is talking to Orange County about investing $2M a
year to bring the Bucs to Osceola County.  One idea is for Orange
County to build a training facility "just across the county line
from where Osceola might build a Bucs stadium" (ORLANDO BUSINESS
JOURNAL, 7/1 issue)....The Dolphins, forced to play a July 27
scrimmage at Ft. Lauderdale's 8,000-seat Lockhart Stadium due to
scheduling conflicts, are charging fans $20 in order to
discourage fans from attending (MIAMI HERALD, 7/2)....The Bucks
increased ticket prices on all seats for next season, with $3
being the top hike.  Tickets range from $11-46
(Bucks)....Shaquille O'Neal refuted a TNT draft night report of a
quarrel between himself and Penny Hardaway over competition for
endorsement opportunities.  O'Neal: "I'm glad for Penny and his
family when he does well with endorsements.  We're all in this
together.  We're not competing against one another" (ORLANDO
SENTINEL, 7/2). ...The L.A. Kings are offering season ticket
holders a full refund if they are not satisfied after the team's
regular-season opener in October.  The money back guarantee is
good within a week of the first home game (USA TODAY, 7/2)....In
addition to a 9.7% price increase, the Nuggets are revoking free
parking privileges for season-ticket holders.  There will now be
a charge of $5 a game for parking, adding $210 to the cost of a
season package (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 6/29).....White Sox Owner
Jerry Reinsdorf, on the high upper deck at Comiskey as one reason
for lagging attendance:  "How can our upper deck be an issue when
we're not even selling out the lower deck? ... If we keep playing
well, and more fans don't show up, then maybe we re-evaluate and
try something else" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 7/2).
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