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  • FLEDGLING FOOTBALL LEAGUE INKS LEASE AT ORANGE BOWL

              The City of Miami has entered into a use agreement with
         the All American Football League (AAFL) to play in the
         Orange Bowl starting in March of '99.  The AAFL signed a
         five-year agreement with a renewal option (City of Miami). 
         In Miami, Barry Jackson reports the league "won't pay any
         rent, but the city will retain a $1 ticket surcharge and
         collect parking and concession revenues."  Miami Mayor Joe
         Carollo said that the city "expects to make $740,000 each
         year if the team averages 18,000 fans.  The city will also
         sell corporate naming rights to the Orange Bowl and keep
         revenues."  The AAFL has also signed a lease for a Dallas
         team to play at the Cotton Bowl (MIAMI HERALD, 10/15).
    
    

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  • LEAGUE NOTES

              MLB: While MLB owners are scheduled to hold a
         conference call on realignment today, the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL
         SENTINEL is reporting that it is "likely another extension"
         on a final decision will be announced today.  A source told
         Tom Haudricourt that Acting Commissioner Bud Selig is
         "expected to announce a two-week extension to allow" the
         Royals "more time" to decide if they want to switch to the
         NL.  If the Royals don't switch, the Brewers "will move to
         the NL in their place" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 10/15).
              NBA: In N.Y., gossip columnists Rush & Molloy report
         that NBA Commissioner David Stern and Michael Jordan's
         agent, David Falk, "have begun talks about Jordan's farewell
         tour."  NBA Dir of Sports Media Relations Chris Brienza:
         "Any conjecture about a farewell tour may be getting ahead
         of ourselves."  Falk, through a spokesperson, also called
         plans for a farewell tour "off base" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS,
         10/15).  With the Bulls in Paris for the McDonald's
         Championships, L'Equipe, the French sports journal, had 22
         pages devoted to coverage of the Bulls under the header,
         "The Jordan Frenzy" (Lacy Banks, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 10/15).
         In Chicago, Sam Smith writes the Bulls came to Paris "and
         Paris yawned" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 10/15)  In N.Y., Lisa Olson
         reports that McDonald's in France has placed a "Chicago
         Bulls Meal" on their menu (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 10/15).
              
    
    
    
    

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  • NFL OWNERS HEAR L.A. COLISEUM BID; DISCUSS OTHER ISSUES

              A group attempting to get an NFL franchise for L.A.
         "presented a financial plan" for a new Coliseum to members
         of the league's stadium committee yesterday in Washington,
         DC, according to Leonard Shapiro of the WASHINGTON POST.  It
         included a return to pro football to L.A. by 2001.  NHL
         Kings Owner and NFL group leader Ed Roski made the
         presentation along with L.A. City Councilmember Mark Ridley-
         Thomas.  Roski's plan calls for a Coliseum that would seat
         68,000 "for most football games," but could expand to 80,000
         for other events.  Roski also asked for a March '98 deadline
         from the league so "we can both have a direction of where
         we're going" (WASHINGTON POST, 10/15).  In L.A., T.J. Simers
         reports the group "left feeling pretty good. ... But behind
         closed doors, the NFL talked about dissolving the 13-month
         exclusive arrangement" with the L.A. group.  Such a move
         "would appear to open the door" for Hollywood Park, South
         Park and Rupert Murdoch.  NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue
         said that the "matter of exclusivity was only being
         discussed at this time."  But Simers reports that "since the
         subject came up only minutes after the new Coliseum group's
         attempt to dazzle league executives, it was a clear
         indication that the NFL is not ready to break ground in
         Exposition Park" (T.J. Simers, L.A. TIMES, 10/15).
              A COMBO MEAL PLEASE: CNN/SI's Peter King reported last
         night that NFL owners received word "from the league that
         they would really like to get a combination deal going here
         -- a deal to extend the collective bargaining agreement
         through at least the year 2007 and also a deal to extend the
         television contract, which is being negotiated right now for
         the next four years, for as long as eight years [through
         2005]."  King added the NFL wants to "put themselves in
         position to have labor peace and television rights peace for
         the next eight years" which would put them "far above every
         other league" and give "them the strength ... to plan for
         the long-term NFL future" ("CNN/SI," CNN, 10/14).
              BIG GATE BY THE LAKE: In Akron, David Adams reports 
         that Browns Trust President William Futterer made a "brief"
         presentation to the owners.  He reported the team has
         secured applications for more than 52,000 season tickets. 
         Of the stadium's 116 suites, 85 have been sold, including
         all of the $125,000-a-year suites.  NFL Dir of Club
         Administration Joe Ellis said that a new team in Cleveland
         would immediately be "among the top third of the league's
         most lucrative teams."  The league will likely decide if
         Cleveland will receive an expansion or existing team in
         March "or later" (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 10/15).  Cowboys
         Owner Jerry Jones said yesterday "the prudent thing to do is
         to have teams that are not economically viable be allowed to
         move. ... Do we want to water down the league with more
         teams? ... I don't think so" (WASHINGTON POST, 10/15).
              COLD RAIN AND SNOW: Tagliabue said that the NFL will
         "put together guidelines to determine whether it's feasible
         to play a Super Bowl in an open-air, northern stadium."  
         Tagliabue said DC, Baltimore and Seattle have expressed
         interest in holding the game.  In Baltimore, Vito Stellino
         writes Tagliabue "was noncommittal on his opinion of playing
         the Super Bowl at a cold-weather site," and Stellino adds
         that it's "possible ... coming up with guidelines is simply
         a polite way to kill the idea" (Baltimore SUN, 10/15).
              FOR EVERY SEASON, TURN, TURN, TURN:  Owners also
         discussed starting the '98 regular season a week later to
         avoid Labor Day weekend and reducing the preseason from four
         to three games, according to Nick Pugliese of the TAMPA
         TRIBUNE.  Starting the season a week later would eliminate
         the off-week during the Super Bowl (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 10/15).
              
    

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  • NFL V. ST. LOUIS CVC: FORMER LEAGUE EXEC TESTIFIES ON FEES

              In the second week of the St. Louis Convention and
         Visitor Commission's (CVC) $130M antitrust suit against the
         NFL, CVC lawyers "tried to prove that the league has acted
         arbitrarily and inconsistently in charging relocation fees,"
         according to William Lhotka of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH. 
         On Tuesday, the jury watched a videotape interview of former
         NFL Exec VP/General Counsel Jay Moyer explaining the
         league's process in determining fees for previously
         relocated teams. He testified that the Raiders and Colts did
         not have to pay a fee when they relocated during the early
         80s, but that the NFL levied a fee against Cardinals Owner
         Bill Bidwill when he moved from St. Louis to Phoenix in '88. 
         Lhotka adds that Bidwill's fee was paid "more than three
         years after the league approved the move," and the $7.5M he
         paid "was the result of negotiations with the NFL, not from
         a specific formula the league adopted."  CVC attorneys
         argued that the next NFL relocation fee assessed against the
         Rams was for $46M, $29M up front and $17M over 15 years. 
         The CVC "says the league conspired to force St. Louis into
         paying too much to get the Rams."  During the trial, the NFL
         has stated that it is "blameless and has accused the Rams of
         greediness" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 10/15).
    
    

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