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FRANCHISE NOTES

          The Ackerley Group, parent of the Sonics, reported a
     record profit for '96, according to Greg Heberlein of the
     SEATTLE TIMES.  Ackerley's profit was $15.8M, or $.50/share,
     up from a year-ago loss of $2.9M, or $.09/share.  Sales were
     up 19%, to $280M.  Ackerley Chair Barry Ackerley said player
     salaries, marketing expenses for a World Wide Web site and
     name change cut fourth-quarter operating cash flow by $1M
     (SEATTLE TIMES, 1/30)....In Miami, First Union National Bank
     has partnered with the Dolphins to put a 10,240-square-foot
     sign on top of the Dolphins Training Facility at Nova
     Southeastern Univ. in Davie, FL.  The sign will be visible
     to all planes as they enter or exit Ft. Lauderdale Int'l
     airport (Dolphins). ...Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones issued a
     memo yesterday preventing anyone in the Cowboys'
     organization, including coach Barry Switzer, from discussing
     football-related matters with the media.  Taylor calls the
     move "the final step in a season-long trend by the Cowboys
     to limit media access" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 1/31)....The
     Brewers will hold a memorabilia sale out of their clubhouse
     Sunday, selling everything from team jerseys to Ken Griffey
     Jr.'s baseball pants (USA TODAY, 1/31)....In Dallas, the
     Mavericks are interviewing former Knicks coach Don Nelson
     for their GM position (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 1/31).

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