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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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