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MINNESOTA FANS HUNGRY FOR THEIR WOLVES

          The T-Wolves have become a "hot ticket," according Sid
     Hartman of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE.  Including sales
     for upcoming games, they have sold more tickets this season
     than all of '95-96.  T-Wolves VP/Sales & Marketing Chris
     Wright: "We used to sell [Michael] Jordan and other NBA
     stars, but now we can sell Kevin Garnett, Tom Gugliotta and
     Stephon Marbury, our own stars.  The commercials are sold
     out on our Channel 11 TV and MSC broadcasts, and 90 percent
     of our radio (ad time) is sold."  Wright added the T-Wolves 
     corporate sponsors have increased from 40 last year to 68;
     they have only two unsold suites, which they rent out on a
     game-by-game basis; season-ticket sales are up 2,000 to
     9,400; and they are selling 2,000-3,000 tickets at the box
     office each game night (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 1/11).

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