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  • "WHITE KNIGHT" ALEXANDER PUTS NHL OILERS DEAL ON HOLD

              Les Alexander's offer to buy the NHL Oilers "was left
         in doubt after he left Peter Pocklington standing alone
         Tuesday to face a much publicized news conference about
         their deal," according to Jac MacDonald of the EDMONTON
         JOURNAL.  Pocklington said that Alexander stayed away
         because of "tough words he heard at a Monday meeting with
         Mayor Bill Smith and other city officials about preserving
         the location agreement that keeps the Oilers in town until
         2004."  Pocklington said "without question" he painted a
         fair picture of the Oilers situation to Alexander. 
         Pocklington: "He has seen all the documents, all the pros
         and cons, exactly what the local buyers have seen." 
         Alexander told Houston's KTRH radio station: "The city,
         Economic Development Edmonton and Northlands Park had to
         agree to certain conditions and without those conditions
         being met, we cannot buy the team."  MacDonald reports that
         those conditions "included dropping the location agreement
         and turning over" the C$2.8M annual ticket surcharge to the
         team (EDMONTON JOURNAL, 11/5).  Alexander, on Edmonton
         officials: "I was led to believe that they were ready to
         address some of the larger issues, that they would welcome
         me with open arms as the savior of the team.  And the
         complete reverse was true.  They were, to say the least,
         hostile.  Everything I was told was now completely reversed"
         (Neil Hohlfeld, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 11/5).  More Alexander:
         "My idea was to come here, be a white knight and keep the
         team in Edmonton" (Terry Jones, EDMONTON SUN, 11/5).  
              REAX: In Toronto, Al Strachan writes that if Edmonton
         agrees to modify the location clause, "it opens the door for
         an agreement that will give the Oilers an excellent chance
         of survival for the foreseeable future.  But if the city
         refuses, the outlook becomes bleak.  Unless local buyers can
         be found ... Pocklington will then sell the team to the
         highest bidder.  And that bidder will probably move the team
         to the United States" (TORONTO SUN, 11/5).  An EDMONTON,
         JOURNAL editorial: "Alexander doesn't even seem interested
         in explaining why this deal would be good for Edmonton, or
         in sitting down and negotiating with the city.  He expects
         Edmonton to buy a pig in a poke" (EDMONTON JOURNAL, 11/5). 
         An EDMONTON SUN editorial: "The refusal of Edmonton's
         leaders to renege on the location agreement ... looks smart
         from any perspective" (EDMONTON SUN, 11/5).
    
    
    

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  • C'MON ALONG, C'MON AND WIN, ALL WITHOUT THE MIGHTY QUINN

              Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment fired Canucks President
         & GM Pat Quinn, according to Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver
         PROVINCE.  Quinn, who held the post since '87, "took the rap
         .. for his hockey club's tailspin season."  Orca Bay CEO
         Stephen Bellringer said the move "was a joint decision, a
         discussion between myself and the ownership of the Orca Bay
         organization and it was a categorically unanimous decision." 
         Quinn had one year remaining on his contract "that is
         believed to pay him" C$1.2M in base salary.  Bellringer said
         Orca Bay would negotiate a settlement (PROVINCE, 11/5).  In
         Toronto, Dave Fuller reports potential candidates to replace
         Quinn included Mike Keenan, agent Mike Gillis, former Maple
         Leafs President Cliff Fletcher and former Sabers GM John 
         Muckler (TORONTO SUN, 11/5).  USA TODAY's Kevin Allen also
         mentions NHL Senior VP Brian Burke (USA TODAY, 11/5). 
    
    

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  • FRANCHISE NOTES

              NHL: The Hurricanes "are standing by" G Sean Burke, who
         was arrested Sunday and charged with assaulting his wife,
         saying that the incident "has given them no reason to
         suspend Burke."  The team said the Burkes are being provided
         professional assessment and therapy through the NHL's
         counsel.  Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford: "Until I see a
         reason that Sean should not be with the team I would not do
         that" (Greensboro NEWS & RECORD, 11/5).
              GENERAL: NJ-based Worldwide Entertainment & Sports said
         it will buy the AFL Florida Bobcats from Bruce Frey (SOUTH
         FL BUSINESS JOURNAL, 11/3 issue)....In Vancouver, B.C. Lions
         Owner David Braley has assumed ownership of the A-League
         soccer Vancouver 86ers (Vancouver PROVINCE, 11/4).
    
    

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  • NEWSDAY REPORTS EX-JAGUARS PRESIDENT TO BE NAMED ISLES COO

              Although their purchase of the Islanders has not
         received formal approval from the NHL Board of Governors
         yet, Steven Gluckstern and New York Hockey Ventures will
         name former Jaguars President & CEO David Seldin COO of the
         team today, according to Valenti & Topol of NEWSDAY. 
         Sources confirmed that Seldin will be hired and said the
         move "bodes well for a new arena."  Seldin served as the
         stadium "point man" during the construction of Jacksonville
         Municipal Stadium.  Sources add that Gluckstern, a majority
         partner in the Isles, will retain his title of President and
         oversee team operations.  Seldin left the Jaguars last
         January as President but remains a limited partner with the
         team.  Since then he has been a consultant to the NFL in
         trying to put together a team for Cleveland (NEWSDAY, 11/5). 
         
    

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