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  • DESPITE BIG FISH STORY, MARLINS WON'T SEE $$ PLAYOFF BOOST

              With "more than" 50,000 attending both Friday and
         Saturday's Braves-Marlins NLCS games at Pro Player Stadium,
         "it would seem the Marlins are making a huge profit in these
         playoffs," according to Barry Jackson of the MIAMI HERALD. 
         But team President Don Smiley said playoff profits "will not
         come close to covering" the team's losses this season, which
         Smiley said "will exceed" $30M.  Smiley added that even if
         the Marlins advance to the World Series, they would see
         postseason profits of "less than" $1M.  Of Saturday's $1.7M
         gate, the Marlins, after splits for the postseason pool, the
         leagues, and the Braves, collected $226,667, "about" 13.3%. 
         In addition, the home team must cover all costs of staging
         the games (MIAMI HERALD, 10/12).  Saturday's crowd of 54,890
         was a franchise record (AP/ESPN SportsZone, 10/11).  Marlins
         fans purchased "over" 100,000 tickets yesterday to potential
         Games One & Two of the World Series, ensuring that they both
         will be sellouts (Fort Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL, 10/14).
    
    

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  • FOREVER YOUNG? NOT LIKELY, AS GIANTS GM MAY BE ON THE MOVE

              On Sunday, NBC's Will McDonough reported that Giants GM
         George Young will "step away from the Giants at the end of
         this year."  McDonough added that Young "isn't certain that
         he wants to retire from football completely," and that he
         might take a job in the league office in a "senior position"
         ("NFL on NBC," 10/12).  Young "declined comment" yesterday. 
         Young: "George doesn't talk about George."  But NEWSDAY's
         Neil Best adds that should Young step down, Assistant GM
         Ernie Accorsi "likely will succeed him" (NEWSDAY, 10/13).
    
    

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  • LOGO ATHLETIC AMONG THOSE HELPING OILERS FIGHT MEMPHIS BLUES

              Memphis-based Guardsmark Inc. has purchased 5,000
         tickets to the Oilers' November 9 game against the Giants,
         and Logo Athletic has "committed" to buy 1,000 tickets to
         each of the Oilers' five remaining home games, according to
         John Glennon of the Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL.  Guardsmark
         will be the title sponsor of the Giants game and the Oilers
         "will promote the company throughout the game," while Logo
         Athletic will be a sponsor for the Oilers-Steelers game on
         December 21.  Oilers Exec VP/Marketing Don MacLachlan said
         the plan is for the companies to redistribute a majority of
         the tickets to community youths.  MacLachlan: "It will be
         great public relations for them."  The Oilers drew just
         17,071 for their win over the Bengals on Sunday, and "have
         sold" 19,246 tickets for this weekend's game against the
         Redskins (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 10/14).  On Sunday,
         Oilers Owner Bud Adams said that he "expects to see bigger
         crowds" in Memphis towards the end of the season and that he
         will "consider changing the team's nickname prior" to the
         '98 season.  Adams: "We've finally got our marketing plan in
         place. ... We didn't have the best draws (for the first
         three home games)."  As for the name change, Adams said, "I
         want to see some polls, some focus studies and see what they
         really want down here" (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 10/13).
    
    

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  • NEW COLISEUM PROPOSAL TO BE PRESENTED AT NFL OWNERS MEETING

              Kings co-Owner Edward Roski will present an outline for
         a $300M financing plan for a new L.A. Coliseum to the NFL
         owners' stadium committee on Tuesday in DC, according to
         T.J. Simers of the L.A. TIMES.  The plan "includes the
         expenditure" of $150M in public funds and "relies on the use
         of surplus state sales taxes."  In the outline, Roski and
         partner Philip Anschutz "have also factored in" a successful
         citywide referendum.  However, an L.A. city official said
         "[w]ithout the state part of the deal, they don't have a
         thing.  It all hinges on getting the state money, and that's
         downright speculative."  In addition to the financing plan,
         Roski will also present the NFL owners with a 20-year
         "operational plan" for an expansion team.  Roski said that
         the complete stadium/team ownership package is worth "more
         than" $500M, including the proposed expansion fees.  But
         Simers wrote that NFL insiders "continue to cling to the
         hope" that Dodger Owner Peter O'Malley, upon the completion
         of his deal to sell to Rupert Murdoch, would "oversee the
         construction" of a football stadium in Chavez Ravine.  But
         Roski said, "From a developers standpoint, I do not see how
         it can be done at Dodger Stadium" (L.A. TIMES, 10/13).  
              49ERS NOT SET? Simers also reported that the 49ers
         "have let it be known behind the scenes" that if they don't
         get more financial assistance "by the first of the year"
         they might consider moving.  Team Owner Ed Debartolo
         recently "took another look" at Inglewood's Hollywood Park
         and there some speculate that the 49ers "might endorse" the
         new Coliseum plan in order to "gain state funds" for their
         own project in San Francisco (L.A. TIMES, 10/13).
              IS ANSCHUTZ ON WAY OUT? Simers also reported that
         Anschutz "has decided to play no part in returning football
         to a new Coliseum ... and has informed Roski that he will
         not be party to any NFL deal, and might buy out his
         partner's interest in the arena."  Sources told Simers that
         Anschutz does not want this known at present for fear of
         "jeopardizing" the duo's arena plan.  But Roski called such
         speculation "absolutely incorrect. ... Phil and I are
         proceeding along as always."  Simers added that without
         Anschutz, who "will not" attend the DC meetings, "most
         suspect" that Roski "would be unable" to bear the financial
         burden of bringing football to L.A (L.A. TIMES, 10/13).
    
    

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  • NO GLASS WARFARE IN K.C.: CEO WON'T RE-ENTER BID PROCESS

              Royals Chair David Glass reiterated that he "will not
         resurface in the bidding process" for the Royals, despite
         Frank Oddo's decision not to pursue the team and as George
         Brett's "interest continues to waver," according to Jeffrey
         Flanagan of the K.C. STAR.  Glass said he was "disappointed"
         in Oddo's decision, but there was "no way" he would get back
         in the process (K.C. STAR, 10/11).  Local Royals bidder
         Jerry Green was profiled by Diane Stafford in Sunday's K.C.
         STAR.  Green, Chair of K.C.-based Union Bank, is backed by a
         "much, much larger out-of-town investor" who Green says "was
         approved" by MLB for a previous franchise bid.  Stafford
         wrote that Green primarily wants "to save the team" for K.C.
         and that he "would be happy if the Brett group wants to
         combine their bid with his" (K.C. STAR, 10/12).
    
    

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  • PACK AND THE GREEN STOCK: TAGLIABUE APPROVES STOCK OFFERING

              NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has given the Packers
         "permission" for a proposed stock split and subsequent sale
         of new shares, according to Bob McGinn of the MILWAUKEE
         JOURNAL SENTINEL.  The Packers first new stock sale since
         1950, which could raise "up to" $80M, "will require" 67%
         approval from the current shareholders.  Shareholders will
         vote on the stock offering, "tentatively 400,000 shares at
         $200 per share," at a special meeting on November 13.  The
         Packers said new shareholders "would receive voting
         privileges", but that current shareholders would still hold
         a "substantial majority of voting rights."  If approved, the
         team said that the sale would begin "almost immediately." 
         In exchange for Tagliabue's OK, the Packers agreed to
         "restrictions on how the revenue could be used,"
         specifically agreeing not to use any of the funds for player
         costs.  The stock revenue would be "segregated from other
         revenues and invested" for use when the Packers decide to
         replace Lambeau Field or perhaps enlarge or restructure its
         60,790-seat capacity (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 10/10). 
         The AP reported that details of the Packers proposal show
         that the team "would split the current 10,000 shares into 10
         million shares," of which 4.628 million would be held by
         current stockholders.  Of the remaining 5.372 million
         shares, the team could then sell "up to" 1 million to new
         buyers.  The proposal would limit purchases to "a maximum
         of" 200 new shares, and would "bar" current shareholders
         with 200 or more shares from buying new shares (AP, 10/12). 
         On "Fox NFL Sunday," James Brown reported that "several NFL
         teams are against" the proposed stock sale, as "opponents
         believe the team would use the bulk of that new money" to
         re-sign their young free agents (Fox, 10/12).
    
    

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