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Published July 2, 1996
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).