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FRANCHISE NOTES

     Citing negative fan reaction, Ravens Exec VP David Modell
said the team will "scale back" future use of an authentic "caw"
recording played repeatedly at Saturday's preseason opener
(Baltimore SUN, 8/7)....The financially troubled A-League Atlanta
Ruckus could gain new ownership as early as today.  The league
has been running the franchise since former Owner Johnny Imerman
dropped his investment in June (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 8/7)....The
ABL's New England entry will be called the Blizzard.  The team's
logo will feature a polar bear (AP/WASHINGTON TIMES, 8/7)....The
Spurs have teamed with seven of 13 area chambers of commerce in
an effort to boost corporate season ticket sales and keep the
team in San Antonio (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 8/6)....The 76ers
plan to announce the location of their new practice facility at a
press conference tomorrow (76ers).
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