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Published October 30, 1997
NFL: Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton said that the NFL Oilers, "using corporate donations, would provide tickets" for a local high school's roughly 700 students to attend the November 23 game against the Bills. Herenton: "We're hoping that by kicking off this promotion and marketing effort with the Oilers, their players, representatives from the [NFL], we're saying to all Memphians to join in and let's make the Oilers a part of Memphis. I agree it's been slow coming. But it's here now" (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 10/29). BASEBALL: The Devil Rays plan to open an in-stadium hair salon. Devil Rays VP/PR Rick Vaughn: "There's not a lot concrete about the idea yet. But we know the hair salon will be part of our 'Centerfield Street,' where there will be a brew pub, cigar bar, a climbing wall for kids and other interactive games" (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 10/30)....The ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE's "Insider" column reports that Atlanta- based Hope-Beckham President Bob Hope, "is desperately trying to find a corporate sponsor" for the Silver Bullets. The "Insider" has "heard that Silver Bullets players are filing for unemployment and that layoff notices are being circulated" at Hope Beckham (BUSINESS CHRONICLE, 10/27). NBA: Pacers Coach Larry Bird, told that IN Gov. Frank O'Bannon said he is expecting 50 wins from the Pacers this season: "I expect a balanced budget, too, but I probably won't get that" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR-NEWS, 10/29)....In Philadelphia, columnist Bill Lyon, on 76ers President Pat Croce: "Because he is still a new owner, he has not fallen from public grace. Yet. But if the 76ers are putrid again this season, then his dispensation will elapse, despite his popularity on the street. And the vilification will commence" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 10/30).