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FRANCHISE NOTES

          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).

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