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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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