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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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