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FRANCHISE NOTES

          NBA: In Atlanta, 41,122 tickets were sold as of
     yesterday afternoon for tonight's Bulls-Hawks game at the
     Georgia Dome, making it the largest crowd ever for a
     basketball game in Georgia (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 11/7).
     ...Amid reports that Chargers Owner Alex Spanos is
     interested in buying the NBA Kings, Kings Owner Jim Thomas
     told the SACRAMENTO BEE's Mark Kriedler that he has "no
     intention of selling the Kings now" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 11/6). 
          MLB: In Baltimore, an editorial on Orioles Owner Peter
     Angelos, following the resignation of Manager Davey Johnson:
     "Peter Angelos is a man whose Horatio Alger story deserves
     to be the foundation of a legacy as rich and warm and grand
     as Baltimore.  He is a man being dragged to earth by his
     cold, petty distractions" (Baltimore SUN, 11/7)....The MLB
     Giants' plan to raise ticket prices for all lower-level
     seats at 3Com Park next season was "unanimously approved" by
     the city's Parks and Rec Commission yesterday.  Prices for
     lower box MVP seats will increase from $21 to $24, while
     lower box seats will increase from $16 to $18.  Also, lower
     reserved goes from $13.50 to $15, senior lower reserved
     seats rise $1 and bleacher seats rise $0.50 (S.F. CHRONICLE,
     11/7)....The Astros said ticket prices will remain the same
     for 65% of their seats in '98, increasing only for Diamond
     Level, Star Deck, Field Level and Loge Level seats (Carlton
     Thompson, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 11/7)....The MLB Cardinals
     unveiled an "eye-catching" new practice jersey, a new dugout
     jacket, and a new "Sunday Cap." In St. Louis, Dan O'Neill:
     "The red in the redbirds will be a little deeper shade ...
     the lines will be heavier" (ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH, 11/5).
          GENERAL: In DC, Thomas Heath examines NFL teams'
     earnings potential at the gate due to new facilities,
     focusing on the Redskins.  Redskins President John Kent
     Cooke: "We are now in a new era" (WASHINGTON POST, 11/7).

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