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Published December 4, 1997
NHL: With NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman saying that he hopes a bid for the Oilers comes "by Friday," Owner Peter Pocklington is "skeptical" that a local group will produce an offer. Pocklington: "I'm not sure the locals want to sign on the dotted line. The scrutiny you undergo (by the league) nowadays because of the money involved is pretty rigorous" (David Shoalts, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 12/4)....In Philadelphia, Timothy Dwyer writes that Flyers Chair Ed Snider's contention that his team can't afford Eric Lindros "means he is either going to let Lindros go when he becomes a free agent ... or he is banking on holding the owners together in a coalition that is solidly against raiding one another's rosters." Dwyer: "That stinks of collusion. If Snider can't afford Lindros, then it is time to get Comcast involved. ... Comcast, after all, owns two-thirds of the Flyers and surely ... recognizes a good programming commodity when it sees one" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 12/4). NOTES: The Steelers ended a 64-year tradition by announcing that practices leading up to Sunday's home game against the Broncos would be closed to the media (USA TODAY, 12/4)....In Providence, Sean McAdam wrote that in their contract talks with Mo Vaughn, the Red Sox "reportedly are insisting on a degree of control over Vaughn's community work in Boston, with the opportunity to direct him toward certain charities and events" (JOURNAL-BULLETIN, 12/3).