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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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