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  • ARE TWINS TAYLOR MADE FOR LOCAL INVESTMENT?

              Timberwolves Owner Glen Taylor met with the Pohlad
         family this week "and discussed the possibility of buying
         into Carl Pohlad's Twins as part-owner," according to Sid
         Hartman of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE.  Taylor: "I want to
         do anything I can to help the Twins get the new stadium so
         they can stay here."  Neither party would discuss the
         meeting, but a source told Hartman that "while little
         progress was made, Taylor and Pohlad might meet again." 
         (STAR TRIBUNE, 10/10). In Minneapolis, Jay Weiner reports
         that the MN Legislature's special stadium task force
         recommended that the state contribute $250M to stadium
         construction, "with slot machines at Canterbury Park
         racetrack and Minnesota Lottery proceeds as the main funding
         sources."  The state's contribution would be part of a $411M
         retractable-roof ballpark.  The host city and county would
         kick in a combined $50M, and the Twins would be responsible
         for raising $111M in private money (STAR TRIBUNE, 10/10).
              FROM THE VIKINGS: Meanwhile, Vikings President Roger
         Headrick denied an ESPN report that quoted him as saying
         that if the Twins get a new stadium and the Vikings don't
         receive any legislative help to remodel the Metrodome, the
         team will leave MN.  Headrick: "I didn't mention anything
         about moving the franchise."  The STAR TRIBUNE's Sid Hartman
         reports "talk" that MN-based Lyle Berman and Stan Taube are
         ready to make a bid for the Vikings (STAR TRIBUNE, 10/10).
    
    

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  • CAVS LOOKS TO ADD A LITTLE KEMP TO THE MARKETING MIX

              Newly acquired Shawn Kemp has become the "centerpiece"
         of the Cavaliers' efforts to "revive fans' flagging interest
         in the franchise and to fill more seats at Gund Arena,"
         according to Angela Hardin of CRAIN'S CLEVELAND BUSINESS. 
         Cavs Senior VP/Sales & Marketing Jim Kahler said that Kemp's
         arrival puts the team "ahead" of last year's ticket sales
         pace, but he would not provide specific figures.  With a
         "need to boost attendance," the Cavs are "stepping up" their
         marketing efforts.  For the first time, the team has created
         a 30-minute infomercial that has aired once on local WJW-TV
         and three times on SportsChannel.  Kahler: "It allows us 30
         minutes to tell what['s] going on with the team. ... We've
         seen around 100 calls a show."  In addition, the Cavs have
         boosted their telemarketing department from a staff of 10 to
         30 and have joined with Cleveland based Liggett-Stashower
         Inc. for a new advertising campaign with the tagline, "Bring
         It On" (CRAIN'S CLEVELAND BUSINESS, 10/6 issue).
              NO BACKLASH HERE: In Minneapolis, Sid Hartman reports
         that the Timberwolves have sold more than 1,000 full-season
         tickets since signing Kevin Garnett to a $125M contract
         extension.  Also, more than 7,000 people attended Tuesday
         night's free, intrasquad scrimmage at the Target Center. 
         Overall, the team has sold almost 10,000 full-season and
         5,000 partial-season tickets (STAR TRIBUNE, 10/10).  
    
    

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  • FRANCHISE NOTES

              NHL: In N.Y., Marc Berman reports that Coyotes co-Owner
         Steven Gluckstern is expected to sign contract documents
         today for his $195M purchase of the Islanders.  Berman's
         source said that Gluckstern will purchase 50% of the team;
         partner Howard Milstein, will get 40% and 10% will be
         divided among Stephen Ross and Dan Doctoroff.  Milstein,
         Ross and Doctoroff are in real estate (N.Y. POST, 10/10).
              NFL: SI's Peter King reports that Oilers Owner Bud
         Adams "has informed club employees that he must approve all
         expenses of more than $200" (SI, 10/13 issue).
              MLB: In Miami, fewer than 4,000 tickets remain for Game
         Five of the NLCS on Sunday.  More than 51,000 tickets have
         been sold for Games Three and Four (SUN-SENTINEL, 10/10). 
    
    

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  • HE'S ODDO-THERE: K.C. EXEC DROPS OUT RACE FOR ROYALS

              K.C. business exec Frank Oddo and his group of local
         investors have "dropped out of the bidding" for the Royals,
         according to Charles Crumpley of the K.C. STAR.  Oddo said
         yesterday that his group was interested in buying the team
         six months ago, but the Royals were not interested in
         selling then and members of his group "have invested their
         money elsewhere since then."  Oddo's departure leaves two
         publicly known groups interested in making a bid: one led by
         K.C. banker and car dealer Jerry Green, and a second led by
         George and Bobby Brett and Bill Pereira Jr.  Royals
         President Mike Herman said that other unnamed groups also
         have expressed interest in making a bid (K.C. STAR, 10/10).
    
    

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