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  • NEW NAME FLOATED FOR MLB COMMISSIONER, BUT WILL SELIG STAY?

              MLB begins its ownership meeting today in Scottsdale,
         AZ, where the Executive Council will reportedly appoint a
         search committee for a new commissioner, according to Murray
         Chass of the N.Y. TIMES.  But "not everyone in baseball is
         convinced that the search for a commissioner will lead
         anywhere but to [Acting Commissioner Bud] Selig himself." 
         Selig "steadfastly says that he does not want the job." 
         Chass notes "no new names have jumped to the forefront.  But
         one name certain to come up" is Peter Goldmark Jr., who
         recently announced his intention to resign as President of
         the Rockefeller Foundation.  Goldmark served as a
         management-appointed member of baseball's economic study
         committee in the early '90's (N.Y. TIMES, 1/14).  In L.A.,
         Ross Newhan notes that despite a search committee, Selig
         "will probably remain as acting commissioner through the
         1997 season, at least" (L.A. TIMES, 1/14).  Selig, on
         reports he "covets" the commissioner's job: "They're wrong,
         dead wrong" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 1/14).
    
    
    

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  • NHL EXPANSION PRESENTATIONS TO CONCLUDE TODAY

              The NHL Board of Governors' Executive Committee on
         Monday heard presentations from six expansion franchise
         applicants, including three from Houston, and will hear five
         more today, according to NEWSDAY's Jim Smith.  Presentations
         today will conclude the two-day meetings (NEWSDAY, 1/14).
              COLUMBUS: Chiefs Chair Lamar Hunt, part of a group from
         Columbus, OH, was "quietly elegant," according to Al
         Strachan of the TORONTO SUN.  Strachan: "It's quite possible
         that, given his sporting connections, he has an inside track
         so far as the NHL's intentions are concerned" (TORONTO SUN,
         1/14).  Hunt: "Columbus compares favorably with Kansas City
         in many areas and the Chiefs just led the NFL in attendance
         for the third straight year" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 1/14).
              HAMILTON:  The city of Hamilton tried to "woo the NHL
         by pointing to a population base of six million that
         includes most of the western edge of Metropolitan Toronto,"
         according to Doug Smith of the CANADIAN PRESS.  The group
         also "met its ... biggest drawbacks head on," as Mayor Bob
         Morrow said while the city would be "willing and able to own
         the team for as long as necessary," there are "five people
         interested in purchasing the franchise" (CP/Toronto GLOBE &
         MAIL, 1/14).  Morrow also said Hamilton should not have to
         compensate either the Sabres or Maple Leafs for "territorial
         infringement," according to Damien Cox of the TORONTO STAR. 
         Cost estimates of paying off the teams "have run as high as"
         $50M, and it is "believed both franchises would insist on
         some kind of compensation" (TORONTO STAR, 1/14).  In
         Toronto, Al Strachan writes Hamilton "gave it their best
         shot, making a passionate, reasonable, hockey-oriented
         plea."  Strachan: "If those governors were reasonable or
         hockey-oriented or even passionate about anything other than
         money, Hamilton might have a chance of winning a franchise. 
         But that's not the case" (TORONTO SUN, 1/14).
              HOUSTON: The three groups representing Houston made
         their case and "all of them said the league raised questions
         concerning if and when an arena would be built," according
         to Neil Hohlfeld of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE.  Rockets Owner
         Les Alexander: "The thing they (the NHL) seemed most
         interested in was the building.  They wanted to know when it
         would be built" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 1/14).  The "makeup" of
         IHL Aeros Owner Chuck Watson's bid "received a huge
         financial boost" when Robert McNair, Founder & CEO of Cogen
         Technologies, became "an equal partner in the venture with
         Watson."  The combination of Watson and McNair gives the
         group "a huge bankroll, believed to be as much" as $1.3B
         (Neil Hohlfeld, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 1/14).
              ST. PAUL: Although St. Paul made its presentation
         Monday, "courting the Hartford Whalers still looked like
         their best chance to reclaim a team," according to Curt
         Brown of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE.  MN Gov. Arne Carlson
         and St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman reportedly had dinner with
         Whalers Owner Peter Karmanos (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE,
         1/14).  In Minneapolis, Sid Hartman notes the city "will
         never get a team unless it builds a new arena."  The NHL
         would "prefer" a team to play in the Target Center, but T-
         Wolves Owner Glen Taylor would ask the city to lift the $3M
         in "real estate taxes he is currently paying and make it
         possible for both the Wolves and a hockey team to make it
         financially" in the arena (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 1/13). 
              OTHER CITIES: Felix Sabates representing Raleigh, NC, 
         and Hornets Owner George Shinn, backing a bid from Hampton
         Roads, VA, make presentations today.  The CHARLOTTE
         OBSERVER's Rick Bonnell: "Both look like long shots"
         (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 1/14)....TBS will make its presentation
         today.  The ATLANTA CONSTITUTION's Henry Unger notes the
         Atlanta bid was described Monday by competing bidders and
         league observers as a "Shoo-in.  Odds-on favorite. The upper
         hand" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 1/15)....Also scheduled today
         are presentations from Nashville and Oklahoma City, OK
         (Frank Litsky, N.Y. TIMES, 1/14). 
    
    

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