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FRANCHISE NOTES

          In Memphis, just over 13,000 tickets have been sold as
     of Tuesday for Sunday's Oilers game (Memphis COMMERCIAL
     APPEAL, 9/17)....At the MLB owners meeting in Atlanta, the
     Executive Council, of which Twins Owner Carl Pohlad is a
     member, "is expected to further discuss" the possibility of
     allowing individual team owners to sell stock in their teams
     -- a policy Pohlad has endorsed (STAR TRIBUNE, 9/16)....In
     Chicago, Sam Smith writes about Dennis Rodman and the Bulls
     under the header, "Memo To Bulls: Whatever You Do Don't Sign
     Rodman."  Smith: "It's time to dump Rodman's behind, not
     risk seeing it. ... Just say no" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/17).
          ECHL NEWS: The ECHL approved the expansion application
     KTB Sports for the territory of Southwest FL.  The
     principles in the expansion franchise are Hurricanes/
     Compuware Chair Peter Karmanos, Compuware Vice Chair Thomas
     Thewes, and Craig Brush, president of KTB Sports (ECHL).
     ...Minority partners Matt Strelo and Shawn Hegan have
     assumed management control of the ECHL's Jacksonville Lizard
     Kings, owned by Horn Chen.  Strelo is now the team's new
     president and Hegan is the Exec VP & GM (Lizard Kings)

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