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  • COUNCIL OVERWHELMINGLY APPROVES OILERS' RENT REDUCTION

              Nashville's Metro Council approved an amendment to the
         Oilers' stadium agreement that reduces the team's rent by
         $19.1M over the 30-year life of the lease, according to Rob
         Moritz of the NASHVILLE BANNER.  Council members said their
         decision to support the change "was swayed heavily" by the
         Oilers' announcement Monday to locate their $17M practice
         facility locally in Bellevue and not a neighboring county. 
         The rent change "was needed" because the team had exercised
         a contract option not to have the practice facility built
         next to the Nashville stadium.  Mayor Phil Bredesen and the
         Oilers negotiated the rent reduction from $1M a year to
         $362,319 (NASHVILLE BANNER, 4/17).
    
    

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  • FRANCHISE NOTES

              The NHL Panthers will purchase a minority interest in
         the AHL Carolina Monarchs.  Carolina Ownership rep Bill
         Black said that the Panthers, who have a parent-club
         affiliation with the Monarchs, "probably" would purchase
         between 25-40% of the team (Greensboro NEWS & RECORD, 4/16).
         ...The Stars, who sold out nine of their 41 regular season
         home games, drew 16,418 last night for their playoff opener
         against the Oilers at 16,924-seat Reunion Arena (DALLAS
         MORNING NEWS, 4/17).....The Knicks' Patrick Ewing denied
         allegations that he sexually harassed a flight attendant on
         the team's jet (N.Y. POST, 4/17)....Warriors Owner Chris
         Cohan is interviewed by the S.F. CHRONICLE's David Steele. 
         Cohan says he has "done everything right as far as getting
         us into a fan-friendly building that they will enjoy going
         to, and paying for it in a non-taxing way to the public,
         with no PSLs."  Cohan, on the team's front office and on-
         court performance: "The production has not worked out" (S.F.
         CHRONICLE, 4/17)....In Toronto, Steve Simmons writes that
         "highly placed sources" from within MLB said that the Murray
         Frum-led bid to buy the Blue Jays is "considered suspect"
         and "may never be approved" by MLB's ownership committee. 
         Simmons notes the "baseball bosses wonder where the money,
         the $180 million, is coming from" (TORONTO SUN, 4/17).
         ...Cablevision and ITT signed a "definitive agreement" for
         ITT to sell its 50% interest in the MSG sports and
         entertainment properties to Cablevision (MSG/Cablevision).
    
    

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  • IS RAMS' HONEYMOON PERIOD IN ST. LOUIS OVER?

              The Rams' performance on the field during the '97
         season "could have a direct impact on its bottom line" for
         the first time in the organization's history in St. Louis,
         according to Josh Gotthelf of the ST. LOUIS BUSINESS
         JOURNAL.  Following the '97 season, 20%, or 1,220 of the
         Rams 6,100 club seat agreements expire.  Rams VP/Sales Brian
         Ulione said 200 of those have already been renewed, leaving
         1,000 fans "to decide if they're getting their money's
         worth."  The BUSINESS JOURNAL's Gotthelf notes that over the
         three years, the length of the shortest club-seat lease,
         "swaying the undecideds" could be worth $4.5M to the team. 
         This is the last season the St. Louis Convention and
         Visitors Commission and Civic Progress has guaranteed to buy
         unsold club seats, which in two years has contributed over
         $1M to the team.  Also, a $900,000-a-year Southwestern Bell
         sponsorship is in its final year, as are four other "major"
         sponsorships that team sources put at close to $250,000 per
         year each (ST. LOUIS BUSINESS JOURNAL, 4/14).    
    
    

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  • KINGS LOAN STILL LOOKING TO GET THROUGH ITS FINAL HOOP

              The Sacramento City Council gave "what should be the
         last approval needed" to implement a $70M loan to the Kings,
         although council approval "came only after considerable
         debate" about the actual value of Arco Arena, according to
         Tony Bizjak of the SACRAMENTO BEE.  Under the loan deal, the
         city would end up with the arena if the Kings ever default,
         but the value of the arena remained unresolved despite the
         council's loan approval.  While the arena was appraised for
         $87M in '94 by a private valuation company, the county
         assessor set the value of the arena and the property in it
         at just under $49M two years ago for property tax purposes. 
         City staff members "have said they guess the arena would be
         worth about $50M to them, if they were stuck with it."  Two
         pending court suits over the proposed ticket surcharge at
         the arena must still be resolved before a bond sale to
         finance the loan can happen (SACRAMENTO BEE, 4/16). 
     
    

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  • NEW POLL SHOWS JETS/METS STILL NOT TOP DRAW IN GARDEN STATE

              A recent Quinnipiac College Poll surveyed New Jersey
         voters' sports interests and focused on interest in
         supporting a Yankees move from New York to the Meadowlands. 
         The poll of 867 NJ residents who say they are registered
         voters was conducted April 1-6 with a margin of error of +/-
         3.3%.  The poll surveyed fans on the subject of their
         favorite pro teams.  In the NBA, 23% named the Knicks as
         their favorite team; 10%, Bulls; 7%, 76ers; 5%, Nets.  With
         the NFL, 27% named the Giants as their favorite team; 13%,
         Eagles; 5%, Jets. In the NHL, 24% list the Devils, 16%,
         Flyers; 14%, Rangers.  For MLB, 36% named the Yankees their
         favorite team; 13% tabbed the Phillies; 11% named the Mets. 
         The following lists a statewide breakdown of voters'
         preferences on the future of the Yankees, compared to a
         similar poll from the end of '96 (Quinnipiac College).
    
         
    
    SHOULD YANKEES STAY IN NEW YORK OR MOVE TO NEW JERSEY?
    TOT
    SOUTH
    CENTRAL
    NORTH
    DEC '96
    Stay in New York
    44%
    45%
    36%
    48%
    48%
    Move to New Jersey
    36%
    32%
    39%
    38%
    27%
    Don't Know/No Answer
    20%
    23%
    25%
    15%
    24%

    WHO SHOULD PAY FOR STADIUM IF YANKEES MOVE TO NEW JERSEY?
    TOT
    SOUTH
    CENTRAL
    NORTH
    DEC '96
    The State
    7%
    6%
    6%
    8%
    6%
    Independent/ Meadowlands
    29%
    27%
    30%
    29%
    30%
    Yankees
    55%
    58%
    55%
    54%
    55%
    Don't Know/ No Answer
    9%
    9%
    9%
    9%
    9%

    IF YANKS MOVED TO N.J., MORE LIKELY OR LESS TO ATTEND A GAME?
    TOT
    SOUTH
    CENTRAL
    NORTH
    DEC '96
    More Likely
    37%
    20%
    40%
    47%
    35%
    Less Likely
    6%
    8%
    6%
    5%
    5%
    No Difference
    55%
    71%
    52%
    47%
    58%
    Don't Know/No Answer
    1%
    1%
    1%
    2%
    2%

     

     

     

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  • THE PITCH COUNT: THINKING PLAYOFFS IN THE HEART OF TEXAS

              Today, THE DAILY continues our exclusive MLB team
         profiles with a look at the Rangers.  On deck: The Cards
    
    
    TEAM:
    Texas Rangers
    '97 SLOGAN:
    "Let's Paint the Town Red"
    PLAYERS FEATURED:
    Juan Gonzalez, John Wetteland, Mark McLemore
    PAYROLL (^):
    $50, 177,039 (6 of 28)
    SEASON-TICKETS:
    15,100 (full season plans)
    SELECT KEY SPONSORS:
    Miller Brewing Co., Coca-Cola, Dodge, Office Depot, A-B, Blockbuster Video
    OUTFIELD WALL ADS:
    Coca-Cola, Office Depot, GTE, Target, A-B, Armitron, Miller Brewing Co.
    VIRTUAL ADVERTISING:
    None
    WEB SITE:
    www.texasrangers.com
    SITE DESIGNER:
    Netcom Interactive/Icon Interactive
    ADVERTISING ON SITE:
    Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
    BROADCAST TV:
    KXAS-TV, KXTX-TV
    GAMES/YEAR IN DEAL/$:
    KXAS-15 games, KXTX-35 games/2 of 5/$7M
    CABLE TV:
    Fox Sports Southwest
    GAMES/YEAR IN DEAL/$:
    60 games/1 of 4/na
    SALES RESPONSIBILITY:
    Station for both broadcast and cable
    RADIO:
    KRLD-AM
    GAMES/YEAR IN DEAL/$:
    162/1 of 1/$4.5M
    SALES RESPONSIBILITY:
    Station
    NOTES: Team payroll comes from USA TODAY figures. Length of deal and rights fee for TV and radio packages comes from Broadcasting & Cable, 3/31 issue.

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  • WINGS FANS WILL HAVE TO FIND ANOTHER WAY TO CELEBRATE GOALS

              Although the Red Wings will continue to use the "Al the
         Octopus" character as a marketing mascot, the team is
         "discouraging fans from flinging seafood on the ice" during
         the Stanley Cup playoffs, according to Steve Schrader of the
         DETROIT FREE PRESS.  The NHL has decreed that "any concerted
         or widespread conduct by the fans which results in the
         littering of the ice ... will not be tolerated" and may
         result in a delay of game penalty.  Ted Speers, Wings Dir of
         Marketing: "We're going to work with fans to keep the
         octopus as a symbol, not an action."  Kevin Dean, owner of a
         Detroit-area fish market: "As the rounds progress, we'll see
         our octopus sales increase" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 4/16).
    
    

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