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  • DALLAS MAVERICK CREATES STIR WITH TALK OF COACHING DEM 'BOYS

              Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones downplayed a N.Y. Times
         report that he was considering becoming head coach of the
         Cowboys, according to Jean-Jacques Taylor of the DALLAS
         MORNING NEWS. On Sunday, Jones said, "I coached my last
         football game a long time ago" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/22). 
         But the N.Y. TIMES' Mike Freeman wrote that Jones confirmed
         last week that he "has actually been considering coaching
         the Cowboys himself, either next season or not long after
         that."  While Jones says "he would probably not make such a
         move because there are so many qualified head-coaching
         candidates out there, he would also not rule out the
         notion."  Jones: "[T]here is something in me that would like
         to coach. ...  But ... the best chance for this organization
         to win is by having a full-time head coach who is qualified,
         so that's why I probably won't do it."  Still, one league
         exec who has spoken to Jones on the subject, said, "It could
         definitely happen" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/21).  CNN/SI's Peter King,
         on Jones: "I asked him if there was any circumstances under
         which he could envision ever coaching the team, and he said,
         quote, 'Not that I could ever dream of'" ("NFL Preview,"
         CNN, 9/21).  ESPN's Chris Mortensen: "Jerry Jones coaching? 
         Yes, he wants to.  No, he won't."   ESPN's Chris Berman:
         "Bye week, they needed pub" ("NFL Countdown," ESPN, 9/21).
              NOTE: The Cowboys said they would no longer conduct
         training camp at St. Edward's Univ.'s Austin, TX, campus,
         ending an eight-year relationship.  The news "raised the
         possibility" that the Cowboys might move their training camp
         to San Antonio or El Paso (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 9/20).
    
    

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  • DOING IT HIS WAY: WARRIORS OWNER PROFILED BY S.F. COLUMNIST

              Warriors Owner Chris Cohan was profiled by C.W. Nevius
         of the S.F. CHRONICLE, who wrote, "Cohan makes all the
         calls, all the time, sometimes leaving his staff to read
         about changes in the newspaper."  More Nevius: "With a
         lackluster team, a brand new arena and a cranky group of
         fans, it is crunch time for the Warriors, and it will be
         interesting to see how the sometimes mercurial owner handles
         himself."  While a new Oakland Coliseum is Cohan's "baby,"
         Nevius asked, "Will anyone be inside?"  Reports estimate
         that 4,000-6,000 season tickets have been sold and only 20
         of 72 luxury boxes.  But team General Counsel Robin Baggett
         says there has been a recent "surge" in luxury sales. 
         Nevius also noted the personnel changes within the team's
         organization: "The major staff turnover when Cohan took over
         might have been expected, but some top new hires haven't
         been around long either.  The Warriors snapped up three
         marketing types from the San Jose Sharks, but two left
         within a year.  Those who leave have complained that their
         input was limited" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 9/20).
              
    

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  • FOURTH GROUP STEPS UP FOR ROYALS, BUT WILL TEAM EXECS SELL?

              A group headed by K.C. businessman Frank Oddo "was
         identified Friday as the fourth group interested in bidding
         for the Royals," according to Crumpley & Whitlock of the
         K.C. STAR.  Oddo said late Friday that he has assembled
         "eight wealthy investors -- all local" -- who are interested
         in buying the team.  Oddo, who would not identify the would-
         be investors: "I've been trying to buy them for six months.
         ... I don't think they're interested in selling."  Local
         businessperson Jerry Green expressed his desire to buy the
         team on Thursday, but "complained about the reluctance of
         the Royals' board of directors to sell" (K.C. STAR, 9/20). 
              UPON FURTHER REVIEW: Royals Chair & CEO David Glass
         said it was "great that we now have a level of interest" in
         team.  But the K.C. STAR's  Crumpley wrote "whether that
         level of interest can last is a question.  As the two new
         possible owners stepped forward, the two old possible owners
         seemed less confident about continuing."  Glass, "long
         considered the front-runner ... may be out if prospective
         bidders for the team prove to be solid."  Bobby Brett, on an
         ownership group headed by him, his brother, George, and
         business exec Bill Pereira: "This year, our interest has
         really waned" (K.C. STAR, 9/21).  Columnist Jason Whitlock,
         on the Royals' Glass, President Mike Herman and GM Herk
         Robinson: "Now, for the good of [K.C.], it's time they step
         aside, put the franchise up for auction and accept our warm
         thanks for watching over the baseball club. ... [T]hey have
         outstayed their usefulness and are on the verge of
         destroying the franchise" (K.C. STAR, 9/21).
    
    

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  • FRANCHISE NOTES

              A's co-Owner Steve Schott, on possibly relocating: "We
         have to keep all of our options open.  We have one year left
         on our lease."  In N.Y., Murray Chass noted Sacramento and
         San Jose as possibilities, "but an even more intriguing
         candidate could be Las Vegas" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/21)....In
         Dallas, season-ticket renewals for the Stars ran at a record
         92%, with 2,000 new accounts approaching the team's goal of
         10,000.  But Stars President Jim Lites "is resigned to
         losing money this season even if the Stars fill every seat
         in Reunion Arena, sell all their advertising and advance to
         the Stanley Cup finals" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/19)....In
         Toronto, Raptors Majority Owner Allan Slaight said that
         controlling interest in the team "is no longer for sale,"
         and that fans will see more of him this year.  Slaight:
         "I'll be attending games.  I have become an ardent Raptors
         fan" (TORONTO STAR, 9/22)....In Memphis, 17,737 attended the
         Ravens-Oilers game Sunday (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 9/22).
    
    

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  • GRIFFITH OFFERS TO BUY TWINS; TEAM UNLIKELY TO SELL TO HIM

              Clark Griffith, the son of the Twins' former owner,
         Calvin Griffith, said Friday that he'll make an $80M offer
         to buy the team from Carl Pohlad and keep it in MN,
         according to Jay Weiner of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. 
         Griffith, who is aligned with "multimillionaire publisher"
         Vance Opperman and St. Paul Saints Owner Mike Veeck, said
         the offer will come before a special legislative session
         tentatively set for the week of October 20 "to determine the
         fate of a new Twins ballpark."  Griffith: "I want the
         Legislature to know that we're for real."  But Twins
         President Jerry Bell said that $80M would be "inadequate,"
         and he "dismissed Griffith as 'a fringe player.'"  Noting
         that Pohlad has more than $100M invested in the team, Bell
         said, "I'd say it's too little too late."  Griffith said the
         Twins are worth $80M in the Metrodome, where he, as an
         owner, would keep the team until "people want a new
         stadium."  Griffith, on Pohlad's talks with NC businessman
         Don Beaver: "Don needs someone who has a team whom he can
         talk about having talked to.  Carl needs leverage with his
         Legislature.  Don needs this to give him credibility for the
         referendum he's involved with."  Weiner reported that Twins
         officials "have said the Pohlad family has no intention of
         selling the team to Griffith, who has irritated them by
         repeatedly stating he wants to buy the team, but never
         delivering a serious offer" (STAR TRIBUNE, 9/20).  
              NOTES: Pohlad, on his talks with Beaver: "We have had
         some very serious conversations with Charlotte, and we will
         have some more on the telephone this weekend."  On local
         bidders: "Nobody has stepped to the plate.  But we will talk
         to anybody" (Sid Hartman, STAR TRIBUNE, 9/20).  Beaver: "We
         had some very serious discussions, though I'm not going to
         violate their trust by talking about them" (Raleigh NEWS &
         OBSERVER, 9/20)....A St. Paul PIONEER PRESS editorial on a
         new Twins ballpark: "We can only repeat our view that the
         honest way to fund a Twins stadium would be with a broad
         metrowide tax that fairly distributes the burden of this
         diffuse public benefit" (PIONEER PRESS, 9/21).
    
    

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  • SMILEY PLAYING WITH THE IDEA OF TAKING MARLINS PUBLIC

              Marlins President Don Smiley said Friday that partial
         public ownership "could be in the franchise's future,"
         according to Barry Jackson of the MIAMI HERALD.  Smiley, who
         is trying to put together an investment group to buy the
         team from Wayne Huizenga, said that "he would consider
         selling shares in the Marlins if he acquires the team." 
         Jackson added that Smiley "has quietly submitted an offering
         circular to baseball attorneys" which explains his "approach
         to buying the team -- a process that includes securing 15 to
         25 investors who would each pay in the $5 million range." 
         Among members of Smiley's group include Huizenga's brother-
         in-law Whit Hudson.  Joe Arriola, President of a Miami-based
         printing company and an uncle of Marlins P Alex Fernandez,
         is among others who are considering joining Smiley's group. 
         Potential investors who have met with Smiley said that he
         has an interest in eventually building a baseball-only
         ballpark, "possibly near" the Heat's planned bayfront arena
         in Miami, and wants to trim payroll (MIAMI HERALD, 9/21).
    
    

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