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FRANCHISE NOTES

          NHL: In Hockey Player magazine, Broncos Owner Pat
     Bowlen is mentioned as a possible suitor of the Oilers.
     Bowlen, a native of Alberta: "I don't have any comment on it
     at this time" (Sam Adams, ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 9/14).
          NFL: Nancy Irsay filed suit on Friday "seeking at
     least" $13M in damages from the Colts and the executors of
     her husband's estate (Susan Schramm, STAR-NEWS, 9/13).
          NBA: In Toronto, William Houston reported that Raptors
     President Richard Peddie is "writing a book" about "how he
     built the Raptors into what they are today."  Houston also
     noted that current Raptor ticket ads "do not even mention
     the team or its players."  Houston: "The largest type in the
     ad reads: 'Great Bulls seats'" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 9/13).
          MLB: The Devil Rays "unveiled their 53-foot traveling
     exhibit," the Devil Rays Express, which will cost "about"
     $500,000 and will be used at team -- and sponsor-related
     events throughout the state (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 9/12).

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