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  • FRANCHISE NOTES

         New England Blizzard GM Pam Batalis of the women's ABL hopes
    to meet this week with Rebecca Lobo and her agent, Kenton Edelin,
    about playing for the team (HARTFORD COURANT, 8/27). The ABL
    Richmond Rage signed Brazilian Marta Sobral to a two-year
    contract.  Sobral will most likely take the place of U.S. Women's
    Basketball team member Lisa Leslie (RICHMOND TIMES DISPATCH,
    8/27)....In Charlotte, columnist Ron Green notes "second-hand"
    information that Hornets Owner George Shinn and Speedway
    Motorsports Chair Bruton Smith had a deal for the sale of the
    Hornets, but "Shinn nixed it at the 11th hour" (CHARLOTTE
    OBSERVER, 8/27)....The Ottawa Rough Riders have until September 9
    to raise at least C$1.6M to continue operations (TORONTO SUN,
    8/27).
    

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  • NO SYMPATHY FOR THE APATHY: TOUGH NFL SELL IN AZ AND MN

         As the Cardinals begin their ninth season in Phoenix, they
    face a tough obstacle to overcome -- "apathy," according to the
    ARIZONA REPUBLIC.  Always several "bus-lengths" behind the Suns
    in popularity, the Cardinals are in danger of falling behind ASU
    football and NHL hockey.  But even if there was no other team in
    Phoenix, the Cards would be "facing an uphill fight for the full
    attention of the fans."  Joe Gilmartin notes Phoenix is still a
    "potential gold mine" for pro football, but "the richest mines
    have to be worked with the proper tools" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC,
    8/27).
         PURPLE PEOPLE EATERS: In Minneapolis, Patrick Reusse notes
    the "theory" that fans "still care intensely about the Vikings
    ... appears to be losing credibility."  Reusse: "Ticket sales
    remain stagnant, yes, but what is more alarming before Sunday's
    opener is the lack of Purple-laced conversation" (Minneapolis
    STAR TRIBUNE, 8/27).
    

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  • WELCOME TO THE NHL'S NIGHTMARE? COYOTES UNVEIL NEW LOOK

         The Coyotes unveiled their uniforms at the Hard Rock Cafe in
    Phoenix, modeled by  Mike Gartner, Kris King, Dallas Drake and
    Dave Manson and rock star Alice Cooper.  The road uniforms for
    the former Winnipeg Jets will be black jerseys with the
    "abstract" Coyote logo in a trim of maroon, green, and off-white
    with black pants which will be worn at all times.  The home
    jerseys are white trimmed in black, maroon and green and will
    carry the aforementioned logo.  Richard Burke, part-Owner of the
    Coyotes, said "the conservative NHL wasn't quite as enthusiastic
    as was management about the design."  He added, "It was a
    stretch, but they like it now."  Coyotes COO Shawn Hunter said
    the club has "two of the sharpest-looking uniforms in all of
    sports."  The jerseys will feature a "Goal for Kids" patch on one
    shoulder, which marks a continued effort to help needy children,
    which began in Winnipeg.  Corporations are asked to make
    contributions for each goal by a player that corporation sponsors
    (Steve Weston, ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 8/27).
    

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