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  • FRANCHISE NOTES

              Toronto businessman Lawrence Heisey confirmed that he
         is part of the consortium headed by Murray Frum that is
         bidding to acquire the Blue Jays (TORONTO STAR, 4/29)....NBA
         Commissioner David Stern said he "doesn't plan to pressure"
         the Clippers, who finished last in the league in attendance,
         to move to the Pond at Anaheim (L.A. TIMES, 4/29)....ESPN's
         "SportsCenter" examined the success of the Mariners.  Post-
         Intelligencer columnist Art Thiel: "Their campaign, 'You've
         got to love these guys,' has worked very, very well because
         you do."  Pitcher Norm Charlton: "We've got a bunch of
         players that are very likeable by the fans, kids can look up
         to them.  They're not getting into a fight twice a week, or
         they're not getting pulled over with a gun in their car or
         drugs in their car" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 4/28).
    
    

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  • PACKERS PUSH SUPER BOWL MERCHANDISE SALES TO RECORD HIGH

              Sales of Super Bowl merchandise, "most of it featuring"
         the Packers, hit a record-setting $130M, according to NFL
         Properties documents cited by Larry Weisman in USA TODAY. 
         The previous record was $100M for '96's Cowboys-Steelers
         Super Bowl XXX.  Among the sales breakdown: Logo Athletic's
         selling of 650,000 Packers' locker-room hats.  The previous
         high for such hats was 400,000 Bulls hats after they won the
         NBA title last year; NFL Films' Packers highlights video
         selling more than 65,000 copies in its first five days,
         making it the fastest-selling sports video ever.  Another
         64,000 sold the next week; and the NFL selling 950,000 Super
         Bowl programs, topping the record of 700,000 for the '86
         Bears-Patriots Super Bowl XX (USA TODAY, 4/29).
              TRUST FUND BABY: Packers President Bob Harlan said he
         hoped to start a trust fund this fall for a new stadium if
         the NFL approves a plan for the team to sell shares of
         stock, according to Cliff Christl of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL
         SENTINEL.  Harlan "said he was not sounding any alarms," but
         "said he though it was imperative" that the team start
         planning for a new stadium (JOURNAL-SENTINEL, 4/29).
    
    

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  • REPORTS HAVE RALEIGH CLOSE TO LANDING WHALERS

              Raleigh's "latest flirtation" with the NHL "is starting
         to look very serious," as Whalers Owner Peter Karmanos said
         Monday evening that his decision to relocate to Raleigh,
         N.C. or Columbus, OH, would "come in the next few days." 
         Raleigh's Centennial Authority overseeing the city's planned
         arena has hired Maryland Stadium Authority Chair John Moag,
         who was the lead negotiator in bringing the NFL back to
         Baltimore.  Moag "is expected to contact" Karmanos today
         (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 4/29).  The Durham Herald-Sun this
         morning quotes Raleigh Chamber of Commerce President Harvey
         Schmitt as saying, "Get ready to lace up your skates."  The
         HARTFORD COURANT's Greg Garber notes "in private
         conversations in recent days, Whalers executives have taken
         to speaking highly of Raleigh, while acknowledging problems
         in Columbus."  The Hockey News is also predicting the team
         will land in Raleigh as the league "does not want to
         alienate" Lamar Hunt, who is bidding for an NHL team in
         Columbus (HARTFORD COURANT, 4/29).
    
    

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  • THE PITCH COUNT: CUBS FAITHFUL TESTED BY SLOW START

              Today, THE DAILY continues our MLB team profiles with a
         look at the Cubs.  The Tribune Co. owns the team, WGN-AM,
         WGN-TV and ChicagoLand TV.  On deck: The Blue Jays.
    
    
    TEAM:
    Chicago Cubs
    '97 SLOGAN:
    None
    PLAYERS FEATURED:
    Mark Grace, Brian McRae, Shawon Dunston, Ryne Sandberg, Sammy Sosa (print ads)
    PAYROLL:
    $39,829,333 (14 of 28)
    SEASON-TICKET BASE:
    approx. 15,000 (9,000 full; 6,000 partial)
    SELECT KEY SPONSORS:
    A-B, PepsiCo, Chrysler, Lincoln Mercury, Chicago Tribune, Southwest Airlines
    OUTFIELD WALL ADS:
    None
    VIRTUAL ADVERTISING:
    None
    WEB SITE:
    www.cubs.com
    SITE DESIGNER:
    Chicago-based Tribune Media Services
    WEB SITE ADVERTISING:
    Handled by team
    BROADCAST TV:
    WGN-TV
    GAMES/YEAR IN DEAL/$:
    140+/na/na
    SALES RESPONSIBILITY:
    Station
    CABLE TV:
    ChicagoLand TV
    GAMES/YEAR IN DEAL/$:
    11/na/na
    SALES RESPONSIBILITY:
    Station
    RADIO:
    WGN-AM
    GAMES/YEAR/$:
    162/na/na
    SALES RESPONSIBILITY:
    Station
    NOTES: Team payroll comes from USA TODAY figures. Length of deal and rights fee for TV and radio packages come from Broadcasting & Cable, 3/31 issue.

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  • WHITE SOX PUT KIBOSH ON THEIR FOUR-PACK CUBS TICKET PACKAGE

              The White Sox have "backed down" from their policy
         requiring fans who want tickets to the series with the Cubs
         in June to buy seats for three other games, according to the
         CHICAGO SUN-TIMES.  Fans who did purchase "4-Pack" tickets
         will get first choice at buying the best remaining upper-
         deck seats for the Cubs series, with season-ticket holders
         and group customers following in priority (CHICAGO SUN
         TIMES, 4/29).  In Chicago, Steve Rosenbloom notes that until
         May 27, tickets to the Cubs games can only be bought inside
         Comiskey Park.  Rosenbloom notes White Sox Chair Jerry
         Reinsdorf "instituted the plan because he didn't want Cubs
         fans showing up.  Now, apparently, he'll settle for anyone
         showing up" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 4/29).
    
    

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