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  • BIG FOOTBALL CROWDS NOT LINING UP AT TERRAPIN STATION

              Univ. of MD's football ticket sales "will fall about
         $700,000 below budget projections," according to Paul
         McMullen of the Baltimore SUN.  The school is currently
         averaging 28,374 for its football games, down from last
         year's 29,559 average.  The school's revenue projections
         "have taken a beating," as the AD made $350,000 less on
         ticket sales than it anticipated in '96, and that figure
         "could double" this year.  The addition of a sixth home game
         led the school to project $2.3M in ticket revenue, but
         actual sales will be closer to $1.6M.  McMullen wrote that
         the "largest impact" on ticket sales is "likely" the 85,000
         NFL seats that have been added to the Baltimore-Washington
         market over the past 15 months.  MD AD Debbie Yow: "There
         are an incredible number of football tickets being sold in
         this region that weren't two years ago (SUN, 10/29).
    
    

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