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  • CURIOUS GEORGE? BRETT'S INTEREST IN ROYALS MAY BE ON RISE

              While George Brett's interest in the Royals "hasn't
         changed noticeably ... it may in the near future," according
         to Jeffrey Flanagan of the K.C. STAR.  Brett said that he
         and his brother, Bobby, "will be involved in meetings" with
         potential investors this week.  On Tuesday, the Bretts met
         with local Royals bidder Jerry Green, who "has indicated"
         that he would "welcome" the addition of the Bretts to his
         ownership group.  But Brett "wouldn't identify" other
         investors with whom he planned to meet (K.C. STAR, 10/15).  
         
    

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  • FRANCHISE NOTES

              NFL:  The Bucs announced that all 80 luxury suites
         built during Phase One suite construction of its new stadium
         have been leased.  The suites range in price from $55,000-
         85,000 with lease terms of five, seven, or 10 years (Bucs).
              NHL: Hurricanes Owner Peter Karmanos, on early-season
         attendance: "If we had played a lame duck year in Hartford,
         we probably would have lost $20 million to $25 million ...
         [in Greensboro] if we average 7,000 or 8,000 people a game
         ... we would lose about 5 million bucks. ... And when the
         team gets to Raleigh, that's pay dirt.  I think it's sellout
         time.  I think we get a three-year honeymoon here.  That
         means we don't have to win for three years" (Cliff Mehrtens,
         CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 10/15)....The crowd of 12,530 for Monday
         night's Hurricanes-Blues game was the lowest ever at the
         Kiel Center (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 10/14).
              MLB: Marlins Owner Wayne Huizenga was asked by NBC's
         Jim Gray after the Marlins won the NL pennant whether he
         would reconsider his plans to sell the team.  Huizenga: "I'm
         not even thinking about that.  Well, we'll have to think
         that thing through later" (NBC, 10/14)....Last night's
         sellout crowd of 50,446 for Marlins-Braves Game 6 was the
         largest ever at Turner Field (ORLANDO SUN-SENTINEL, 10/15).
    
    

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  • RANGERS' TICKET PRICES PUDGE UPWARD FOR '98 SEASON

              The MLB Rangers announced that they are raising ticket
         prices on 33,848 of The Ballpark's 49,166 seats next season,
         according to David Markiewicz of the FT. WORTH STAR-
         TELEGRAM.  Increases will range from $1-5 a seat.  Lower box
         seats and club box seats will increase "the most," going up
         by either $4 or $5.  The price of 89% of upper deck seats
         "will be unchanged."  Parking also will increase next year,
         from $6 to $7.  The price increases "should generate" $5-7M
         in additional revenue next season (STAR-TELEGRAM, 10/14).  
    
    

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  • S.F. EXAMINER COLUMNIST LOOKS AT WARRIORS' WOES

              Apathy toward Oakland sports teams, particularly the
         Warriors, was examined by columnist Gwen Knapp of the S.F.
         EXAMINER.  Knapp: "[T]here are signs that the public love
         affair with professional sports is no longer absolutely
         unconditional. ... The Raiders and Warriors are on the verge
         of pricing themselves into invisibility.  The Raiders can't
         draw enough people, at $41 to $61 a head, to sell out and
         end up on TV.  The Warriors have had to discount their
         tickets radically in the last couple of weeks, and they may
         still not see a full house more than a half-dozen times this
         season."  More Knapp: "For [Warriors Owner Chris] Cohan, the
         situation is particularly dire. ... If the Warriors can't
         move tickets now, with a new arena as a lure, next season
         offers even worse prospects.  The team, for one thing, will
         have played futilely again, and the NBA will surely be
         engaged [in] a strike or a lockout" (S.F. EXAMINER, 10/12).
    
    

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