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  • FRANCHISE NOTES

              MLB: CNBC's Don Dahler examined News Corp.'s purchase
         of the Dodgers and noted that "a phrase being batted around
         to describe what Murdoch will do with the Dodgers is 'take
         it global.'"  Sports marketing analyst Don Dixon: "They've
         got a great opportunity long-range to get fifty, a hundred
         times their money back over the relatively near haul" 
         (CNBC, 10/16)....Although the city of Baltimore "was
         willing" to throw a parade for the Orioles, the team turned
         down the offer (Baltimore SUN, 10/17).
              GENERAL: The MLS Rapids drew 18,452 for Wednesday
         night's playoff game, which was the third-highest weekday
         crowd of '97 (USA TODAY, 10/17).....ESPN's Gary Thorne was
         the emcee at a rally yesterday in Columbus, OH, which
         launched the sale of PSLs for that city's expansion NHL
         franchise (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 10/16).
    
    

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  • NYC MAYORAL CANDIDATE SPEAKS OF SECRET YANKEE DEAL

              New York City Mayoral candidate Ruth Messinger
         yesterday charged that Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Yankees Owner
         George Steinbrenner have struck a "secret deal" that would
         commit $1.1B in public funds to a new Yankee Stadium on
         Manhattan's West Side, according to Susan Rubinowitz of the
         N.Y. POST.  Messinger "contended the pact is being kept
         quiet until after" next month's election.  Although
         Messinger admitted she had "no proof," she said that "over
         and over again, we have heard there is a secret deal." 
         Steinbrenner's spokesperson Howard Rubenstein "denied"
         Messinger's charge of any pending deal (N.Y. POST, 10/17).
    
    

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  • T-WOLVES' GLEN TAYLOR STEPS UP TALKS ON HAVING TWINS

              After a request from Twins Owner Carl Pohlad, T-Wolves
         Owner Glen Taylor "has begun discussions" with MN
         legislators in the hopes of "getting a stadium built and
         keeping" the Twins in MN, according to Weiner & Whereatt of
         the Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE.  Taylor said that he "intends"
         to buy part of the team, and that he has "already discussed"
         a partnership with Minneapolis publisher and lawyer Vance
         Opperman, among others.  Taylor added that as part of any
         role he plays in stadium negotiations, "he would insist"
         that Pohlad "relinquish" operating control of the Twins, and
         that his participation "is dependent" on a new stadium being
         built.  Taylor: "I think I have to be in a position to have
         the authority if I would be doing the negotiations. ... I'll
         only be in on this to help a stadium get built."   Taylor
         met with Pohlad Wednesday, and said that Pohlad "had been
         told ... by 'a very important person'" at the State Capitol
         that the tone of the Twins' stadium negotiations "might
         change" if Pohlad wasn't the principal owner.  Taylor added
         that he "would not consider" buying a majority interest in
         the team himself (Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE, 10/17).
              
    

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  • WHY IS DON SMILEY-ING? TALK IN MIAMI OF DOWNTOWN PARK

              Marlins President Don Smiley and city of Miami execs
         have "quietly been discussing the franchise's future - one
         that could include a move to downtown Miami," according to
         Barry Jackson of the MIAMI HERALD.  Miami Mayor Joe Carollo
         said Thursday that he has had "several conversations" with
         Smiley about "everything from changing the name of the team
         to the 'Miami Marlins' to building a stadium adjacent to the
         Heat's planned bayfront arena."  Carollo said that he would
         be "willing to consider" the use of a tourist hotel tax to
         help finance a new ballpark, and that marked the "first time
         a local official has publicly expressed" possible public
         investment in a facility.  Smiley said he "won't seriously
         pursue" a new stadium until he purchases the team, and that
         he "remains confident" that he will be able to put together
         an investment group (MIAMI HERALD, 10/17).
              FISH BITS: In Miami, Anne Moncreiff Arrarte wrote that,
         "[M]arketers from Manhattan to Miami are rushing to take
         advantage of the momentum" of the Marlins postseason run. 
         The team's official sponsors, including American Airlines,
         NationsBank, Blockbuster and AutoNation, have received
         "first dibs" on all new postseason promotions (MIAMI HERALD,
         10/16)....Pro Player Stadium has sold out for all four World
         Series games, with each expected to draw more than 65,000
         (Marlins)....The Ft. Lauderdale Convention and Visitors
         Bureau estimates that the Marlins participation in the World
         Series will result in a $24M regional economic impact (SUN-
         SENTINEL, 10/16)....The Marlins' popularity, especially
         among Miami's Hispanic population, is examined by USA
         TODAY's Tom Weir in a front-page cover-story: "The Marlins
         multinational roster has tapped the spirit of Miami's
         Spanish speaking community in a way that football,
         basketball and ice hockey can't" (USA TODAY, 10/17).
    
    

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