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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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