Devils Slip To 27th In Attendance Jets Hire Ian Lasher; Brian Matthews Joins NFL Bills Raise Season-Ticket Prices Indians See Slight Increase In Season-Tickets LeBron James Complains About Sleeved Jerseys NBA Franchise Notes Franchise Notes Could Bills' Toronto Series Be Shelved For Good? Questions Arise On Soldier Field Expansion Lions' Suh Could Negotiate Own Contract
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Published November 10, 1997
NFL: On "Fox NFL Sunday," James Brown reported, "The owners of the Los Angeles Kings hockey team have offered to buy the Minnesota Vikings and relocate them right here in L.A. Meanwhile, Philip Maas, one of the Vikings' ten owners, is attempting to purchase a majority share in the team" ("Fox NFL Sunday," 11/9). Maas told the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE the report was not accurate: "This is the first I've heard about it" (STAR TRIBUNE, 11/10)....A sign spotted at the Oakland Coliseum as the Raiders lost to the Saints and fell to 3-7: "PSL -- Please Stop Losing." The game was blacked out on local TV and the "crowd count generously landed" at 40,091 was the "fewest people to see at game at the Coliseum since November 28, 1968" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 11/10)....Jets Coach Bill Parcells has a $500,000 annual incentive in his $2.4M-a-year contract for taking his Jets to the Super Bowl (Gary Myers, N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/9). NBA: The Bulls-Hawks game drew the "fifth-largest crowd in NBA history" Friday, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, with an announced attendance of 45,790 (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 11/8). Meanwhile, the Bulls debuted their alternative road uniforms Friday, which are all black with red lettering. The change from their black pinstriped uniforms of last year was made "to accommodate the players, who complained the fabric used in the pinstripe uniforms was uncomfortable" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 11/8)...The NBA's longest sellout streak "is history," after the Kings drew 15,858 for Friday's game with the Clippers. The Kings had sold out 497 consecutive home games (SACRAMENTO BEE, 11/8)....The Bucks "believe they will match or exceed" last season's season ticket base of "about" 10,000 (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 11/9). GENERAL: Devil Rays Managing General Partner Vince Naimoli said season-ticket sales have reached 23,000. The team will cut off sales at 27,000 (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 11/8)....Sunday's Senators-Hurricanes game in Greensboro was played in front of the smallest crowd in the NHL this season, announced at 5,551 (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 11/10).