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  • ALAN COHEN AND HARVEY WALKEN EMERGE AS PART OF JAYS GROUP

              Toronto lawyer Lawrence Dale, who has put together a
         group trying to buy the Blue Jays, "confirmed yesterday that
         two principals" in his potential ownership group are Harvey
         Walken and Alan Cohen, according to James Christie of the
         Toronto GLOBE & MAIL.  Walken was a partner in the Pirates
         for 10 years, while Cohen is a former partner in the Celtics
         and served as Chair of the NBA Board of Governors.  A source
         told Christie's that if the group "obtains the portion of
         the Jays and the SkyDome that has historically belonged" to
         Labatt Brewing, Dale will "also go after" the 10% owned by
         the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (GLOBE & MAIL,
         10/24).  Dale's group has "at least six investors, but that
         number could increase," according to Elliott & Rutsey of the
         TORONTO SUN.  On Wednesday, the group met with Penfund, a
         pension fund group that controls 35% of SkyDome, "about a
         partnership."  Penfund has the right of first refusal in
         acquiring Interbrew's 49% interest in the SkyDome and "is
         interested in exercising that option" (TORONTO SUN, 10/24). 
    
    

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  • ARE THERE GREEN PASTURES IN VIKINGS OWNERSHIP FUTURE?

              In an "unprecedented move" by an NFL coach, Dennis
         Green "is threatening to sue Vikings owners who attempted to
         oust him a year ago unless they sell him their interest in
         the team," according to Jeff Seidel of the St. Paul PIONEER
         PRESS.  Green's plan to buy a 30% controlling interest in
         the team is outlined in his autobiography, "No Room for
         Crybabies," which was available in the Twin Cities for the
         first time Thursday.  Although Green stops short of "stating
         he will go through with the plan, the book includes a copy
         of the lawsuit he would file against the unidentified
         owners, a stock purchase agreement, a draft of a letter to
         the team's board of directors stating his intentions, a
         financing plan and the specific dates when he would put into
         motion each 'phase' of the takeover bid."  In his bid, Green
         would remain head coach and be named GM, while Roger
         Headrick would remain team President (PIONEER PRESS, 10/24).
              GREEN WITH ENVY: In St. Paul, Bob Sansevere writes that
         Green "knows how to end a book with a bang, not to mention a
         threat of blackmail."  Sansevere: "Once team owners read the
         book, Green might not be coming back.  The reaction of
         people threatened with blackmail always holds a certain
         amount of intrigue.  Green could be fired for his attack on
         team owners" (PIONEER PRESS, 10/24).  On CNN/SI, Ed Werder
         added that Green's book also "addresses incidents of alleged
         sexual misconduct, claims he's been unfairly criticized
         because of his race, and complains that certain members of
         the team's ownership group have deliberately undermined
         him."  Green, on the book's timing: "I'm not on a promotion
         tour, and I won't be. ... [I]n my opinion if you write a
         book, you take the time to write it, you should release it
         when it's done.  And so it's done" (CNN/SI, 10/23).
    
    

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  • FRANCHISE NOTES

              The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce
         (MMAC) is "in the red $795,000," for the 12 months that
         ended June 30.  MMAC Exec VP Mary Ellen Powers said the
         reason for the shortfall was "misjudging" MMAC's commitment
         that guaranteed the Brewers 10,000 season tickets.  The MMAC
         purchased a total of 5,647 season tickets through '95 and
         '96, for a total of $4.467M.  The MMAC has yet to calculate
         the association's season ticket purchase for the '97 season
         (MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOURNAL, 10/20 issue)....The HARTFORD
         COURANT ran a home attendance comparison between the NHL
         Hurricanes and the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack.  Through five
         games, the Hurricanes have averaged 9,112 per game, playing
         to 43.8% of capacity.  Through four games, the Wolf Pack
         have averaged 7,670 per game, playing to 52.3% of capacity
         (HARTFORD COURANT, 10/24)....Since naming former ASU QB Jake
         Plummer the team's starting QB on Tuesday, the NFL Cardinals
         sold 3,546 tickets to Sunday's game against the Oilers. The
         game will still be blacked out as a total of 38,522 tickets
         remained 72 hour prior to kickoff (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 10/24).
         ...The Bruins "drew only" 12,470 for their third home game
         of the season.  In Boston, Kevin Paul Dupont: "The message:
         Even if the Bruins can put a respectable product on the ice
         -- and they have thus far -- the fans want some sizzle for
         the high price of tickets" (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/24).
    
    

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