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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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