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  • ABL LASERS TO TEST THE WATERS OF A BIG-TIME ARENA

              The ABL Lasers' opening game, and three of their other
         21 home games, will be played at San Jose Arena, according
         to Jody Meacham of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS.  The move
         "reflects both their new owner's ambitions and the WNBA's
         success in filling the bottom half of the large NBA arenas." 
         New Lasers Owner Joe Lacob: "It's a big risk.  If we don't
         put a lot of people in (San Jose Arena), they will be
         comparing us (unfavorably) with the WNBA, which drew a lot
         of people this summer."  The Lasers' primary home court
         remains the Event Center at San Jose State Univ., where last
         season they averaged 3,181 per game.  Five Lasers games will
         be included in the ABL's game of the week on Fox Sports Net,
         and eight will be televised "by a yet-to-be announced local
         station."  All 44 Lasers games will be on the radio, with 12
         Sunday games on KLIV and the rest on a station to be
         announced next week (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 9/17).
    
    

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  • EDMONTON'S MYSTERY GROUP ENTERS BID FOR OILERS

              "An anonymous group of Edmonton investors has put in a
         secret bid to purchase the NHL Oilers," according to Darcy
         Henton of the TORONTO STAR.  Economic Development Edmonton
         head Rick LeLacheur delivered the bid on behalf of the
         unidentified investors and said that no details of the
         US$70M offer have been released nor has a deadline been set
         to complete the deal (TORONTO STAR, 9/18).  In Edmonton,
         Bernard Pilon reports that the "mystery bidders" have formed
         Edmonton Investors Group Ltd.  Lawyer John Butler, who is
         representing the group, would not identify the bidders,
         saying, "This (deal) will not happen overnight and it will
         not happen in the media."  Both Butler and LeLacheur
         "pleaded with reporters not to hound investors -- known to
         include" Vancouver media investor Cathy Roozen and computer
         software entrepreneur Bruce Saville.  Midland Walwyn, which
         is overseeing sale, will now examine the bid, the "first
         solid pitch" since Oilers Owner Peter Pocklington put the
         team up for sale in June (EDMONTON SUN, 9/18).  The STAR's
         Henton writes that the report of Roozen and Saville heading
         the group "has not been confirmed" (TORONTO STAR, 9/18).  
    
    

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  • FRANCHISE NOTES

              In SI, Peter King reports that the NFL should rule by
         the end of this month on the Packers' request to sell
         nonvoting shares to the public.  King: "Approval may be
         difficult to get, though, because other teams fear the Pack
         would devote a chunk of the money to signing bonuses, and
         that would be viewed as an unfair advantage" (SI, 9/22).
         ...The Magic will hold its '97 training camp at Walt
         Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando (Magic).
    
    

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  • GET "UP CLOSE" AND IN THE HEADLINES TO LEARN CARMEN'S POLICY

              49ers President Carmen Policy was a guest on ESPN's "Up
         Close" yesterday.  Policy, on the controversy surrounding
         the June vote on a new stadium-retail complex vote: "There
         are reports that nine dead people voted in that election,
         but these were very conscientious dead people, because they
         voted in five other elections prior to this election."  On
         the facility's progression: "We anticipate that the stadium
         structure will be ready for play in the year 2000."  On the
         possibility of the 49ers moving had they not won the
         election: "[T]here were better deals elsewhere ... The worst
         deal financially was to stay, but we feel that in the long
         term ... we're better off remaining right where we are."  On
         competition in the Bay Area with Al Davis and the Raiders:
         "Their failed attempt to successfully market their program
         and their project definitely impacted us during the campaign
         for the stadium and impacted us in a very negative way. ...
         I don't see there being any crossover in terms of those who
         would be interested in purchasing tickets or suites for the
         49ers games as opposed to those who would want to purchase
         tickets and suites for the Raiders" (ESPN, 9/17).
    
    

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  • TWINS/NC TALKS HEAT UP AS POHLAD MEETS WITH THE BEAVER

              Moving into a "serious talking stage," Twins Owner Carl
         Pohlad met twice Wednesday with NC businessman Don Beaver,
         who wants to bring the team to the Carolinas, according to
         Jay Weiner of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE.  Pohlad: "We'll
         see him again this morning.  We're just talking, but we're
         in the serious talking stage."  In Atlanta at the MLB owners
         meetings, Twins President Jerry Bell said that he, Pohlad,
         Beaver and Twins financial consultant Bob Starkey met for
         two hours "to discuss Beaver's interest in buying the team." 
         Beaver confirmed the sessions, but said, "nothing material
         has happened yet."  Beaver "declined to say if he has made
         an offer" for the team, but Bell and Pohlad said none has
         been made (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 9/18).
    
    

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