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FRANCHISE NOTES

          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).

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