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  • FRANCHISE NOTES

              In Chicago, Jay Mariotti on Bulls Owner Jerry
         Reinsdorf's handling of Scottie Pippen's trade request: "It
         is despicable how Reinsdorf tries to sway the masses, taking
         mushy questions on rightsholder radio stations to paint
         Pippen as an idiot for signing a deal that almost instantly
         becomes obsolete. ... In baseball and basketball, Reinsdorf
         constantly tries to show his brilliance, to the point of
         thinking himself into knots and distancing him from the big
         goal" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 11/30).  Noting that Michael
         Jordan makes $30.365M more than Pippen, who makes $2.775M,
         ESPN's Mike Lupica said, "Somewhere along the line the Bulls
         owner should have done the very best that he could under the
         salary cap rules to at least try to make things right with
         Pippen.  He didn't ... He's always acted small, even running
         the biggest team in sports.  And when both Jordan and Pippen
         are gone he'll revert to being a nobody, the way he already
         is running the White Sox" ("SportsWeekly," 11/30).
              NOTE: In Philadelphia, 20,714 attended the CoreStates
         Center Lakers-76ers on Friday night; 19,634 attended Friday
         afternoon's Islanders-Flyers game and a sellout crowd of
         17,380 watched the AHL Bears-Phantoms game at the CoreStates
         Spectrum.  The three games totalled 57,728 -- a one-day
         record for the CoreStates complex (DAILY NEWS, 11/29).
    
    

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  • MERCURY NEWS ALLEGES ILLEGAL MEETINGS HELD ON RAIDERS DEAL

              The San Jose Mercury News filed a lawsuit alleging that
         East Bay officials "violated the state's open-meeting law by
         conducting private meetings on cash-flow projections and
         marketing plans for the troubled" Raiders deal, according to
         Dennis Akizuki of the MERCURY NEWS.  The suit, filed in
         Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland, also charges that
         the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority (OACCA) "has
         illegally withheld the documents discussed in the meetings." 
         One document "shows that taxpayers could end up paying
         millions of dollars more than previously thought to support
         the controversial deal that returned the Raiders to
         Oakland."  Mercury News attorney Ed Davis: "When you are
         dealing with discussions of public money, you have to do it
         in public, with few exceptions."  OACCA officials "refused
         to comment," and have 30 days to respond to the suit.  The
         Mercury News is asking the court to "order the release" of
         the documents and require the authority to tape future
         closed meetings (Dennis Akizuki, S.J. MERCURY NEWS, 11/27).
    
    

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  • MN LEGISLATURE'S DEADLINE PASSES; TWINS STILL EYE CAROLINA

              A November 30 deadline for MN Legislature to approve a
         new stadium passed without a deal, and potential Twins Owner
         Don Beaver's representatives said that "the sale process is
         proceeding as planned and that they're preparing to promote
         the Triad [NC] region to owners of major league teams,"
         according to Jay Weiner of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. 
         Twins President Jerry Bell: "It's now up to Major League
         Baseball to decide."  Beaver spokesperson Eddie Bradford
         said that the final purchase agreement "could be ready" to
         be presented to MLB "as early as this week."  Beaver's
         attorney George Little said that he "doesn't expect" MLB's
         final approval to come until May 5, when Triad voters hold a
         referendum to raise restaurant taxes 1% to help fund a $210M
         stadium.  Phillies Chair Bill Giles, a member of MLB's Exec
         Council, said he would approve a Twins move "only if there
         is 100 percent certainty that they will get a proper
         facility.  If it's maybe they'll get it, then they won't get
         my support" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 11/30).  Beaver:
         "Nothing changes. ... I'm confident that we have a letter of
         agreement" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 12/1).  
    
    

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  • NFL NEWS & NOTES: SAYERS OWNED THE PACK ONCE, WILL HE AGAIN?

              Packers President Bob Harlan said the "great majority"
         of purchases of Packers stock are "not for individuals, but
         for others," according to Bob Wolfley of the MILWAUKEE
         JOURNAL SENTINEL.  Harlan did not reveal how many shares the
         team has sold, although he said it hasn't reached 200,000.
         The team aims to sell 400,000 shares. Harlan puts the
         biggest purchase so far at $50,000, saying the average
         number of $200 shares per purchase is 1.7.  Among the buyers
         is former Bears RB Gale Sayers.  Harlan said that one source
         told him Sayers bought $5,000 worth (25 shares), but Harlan
         "could not verify that" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 11/30).
              CHARGERS: ESPN purchased the remaining 1,500-1,600
         general admission tickets needed to lift the local TV
         blackout of last night's Broncos-Chargers game from San
         Diego (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 11/29).
              BILLS: In Buffalo, attendance at the Jets-Bills game
         yesterday was 47,776 -- the smallest home crowd since 45,253
         showed up for the '95 finale (DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE, 12/1).
              EAGLES: Five people were arrested at yesterday's
         Bengals-Eagles game for disorderly conduct.  Municipal Judge
         Seamus McCaffery, who heads the "instant-justice" court at
         the games: "We were happy to have fewer arrests this week"
         (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 12/1).  The Eagles Court was
         featured last night on "NBC Nightly News" (NBC, 11/30).
              NOTES: Jets Owner Leon Hess, during his annual
         Thanksgiving Day visit to his players: "It's great to have
         [Bill] Parcells here, running the show.  One spokesman, one
         voice.  It's his show" (Mult., 11/28)....NBC's Will
         McDonough reported that Panthers GM Bill Polian "could be"
         the next VP/GM in Indianapolis if the Colts decide "to clean
         house at the end of the ear" ("NFL on NBC," 11/30).
    
    

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  • NHL TEAM NEWS & NOTES: THIRD JERSEYS ARE INTRODUCED

              The Blues will introduce a third jersey on January 31
         at the Kiel Center, and the team "has already received [NHL]
         approval for it to become their official home jersey next
         season," according to Dave Luecking of the ST. LOUIS POST-
         DISPATCH.  The Blues will also wear redesigned road jerseys
         next season.  The new uniforms, designed by Fleishman-
         Hillard's Buck Smith, will replace the current ones that
         were unveiled in '94.  Navy blue will be featured in the new
         look, replacing red, and complimenting the "team's royal
         blue base."  The team will wear solid navy pants, with
         gloves and socks to match (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 11/27).
         Also in St. Louis, Bernie Miklasz wrote that he is
         "thankful" for Blues President Mark Sauer and Senior VP Jim
         Woodcock: "Sanity is restored, ticket prices are down, and
         Blues hockey is making a comeback" (POST-DISPATCH, 11/27).
              FLYERS: The Flyers introduced their third jersey on
         Friday, which will be worn 14 times this season, including
         eight times on Fox and two on ESPN.  Flyers COO Ron Ryan 
         said that the team "didn't promote" the product, because
         Nike "failed to meet" the November 4 delivery date to the
         public.  The new jersey was on sale Friday at the CoreStates
         Center, and Ryan "expects it to be in retail outlets next
         week" (Tim Panaccio, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 11/30).
              LIGHTNING: In Fort Lauderdale, Dave Joseph reported
         that Atlanta business exec David Berkman is the leading
         candidate to buy the Lightning (SUN-SENTINEL, 11/30).
    
    

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