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  • ACKERLEY REPORTEDLY OUT AS INVESTOR IN THE MARLINS

              The Ackerley Group "will not invest in the Marlins
         because the Seattle-based company cannot have the control it
         wants," according to Antonio Fins of the Ft. Lauderdale SUN-
         SENTINEL.  The end of the negotiations with Ackerley "raises
         questions about how, or whether," Marlins President Don
         Smiley will be able to buy the team.  Ackerley CEO & Sonics
         Owner Barry Ackerley said in a statement that he ended
         negotiations because the "proposed deal was not consistent
         with the Ackerley Group's investment criteria of having a
         leading ownership position in all its investments and
         acquisitions."  Smiley had no comment (SUN-SENTINEL, 12/18).
              POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY: In FL, David O'Brien writes that
         Marlins Manager Jim Leyland has become "a more conspicuous
         proponent of a publicly supported baseball stadium than he
         was during the season."  Leyland: "For some reason, people
         act like [Marlins Owner] Wayne Huizenga should take South
         Florida out to dinner every night. ... People have this
         perception you're building [a stadium] for some $8 million
         or $10 million ballplayer.  That's absolutely not true. 
         You're building it for the area" (SUN-SENTINEL, 12/18).  
    
    

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  • FLYERS SHOW LINDROS SOME MONEY, BUT "NEITHER SIDE IS HAPPY"

              Flyers C Eric Lindros signed a contract extension
         Wednesday, "further setting $8.5 million and shorter-term
         contracts as benchmarks for elite NHL players," according to
         USA TODAY's Mike Brehm.  Lindros' pay will rise from $3.75M
         to $7.5M this season, and he'll make $8.5M next season, the
         figure the Mighty Ducks' Paul Kariya agreed to last week for
         '98-99.  Agent Tom Laidlaw: "Not only were the numbers
         pretty high, but the short term shocked a lot of people"
         (USA TODAY, 12/18).  In Philadelphia, columnist Bill Lyon:
         "This is the sad and pathetic state of sports at the moment:
         Almost $13 million changed hands in Philadelphia yesterday
         and neither side is happy.  The Flyers signed the player
         they believe to be the very best in his sport for another
         season, and yet his team's owner confessed to emotional
         emptiness."  Flyers Chair Ed Snider: "There is no
         exhilaration" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 12/18).  
    
    

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