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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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