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FRANCHISE NOTES

          NHL: In Edmonton, prospective local owners of the NHL
     Oilers met with Premier Ralph Klein "to discuss a possible
     role for the province in saving the financially troubled"
     team (EDMONTON JOURNAL, 12/9)....In FL, NHL Panthers
     President Bill Torrey said that he "expects" the team to
     purchase the AHL expansion franchise previously awarded to
     FL broadcast exec Bill Paxson.  He added the team could play
     at the Miami Arena (MIAMI HERALD, 12/7)....The Senators
     unveiled their third jersey with a red background.  It will
     be worn eight times after the All-Star break (Senators). 
          OTHER NOTES: ABC's Al Michaels interviewed Cowboys
     Owner Jerry Jones at halftime of last night's Panthers-
     Cowboys "MNF" game.  Jones, on his involvement in next
     year's coaching process: "I got involved in the NFL because
     I was passionate about the game, about football.  I enjoyed
     playing it.  But I think it'll stop short of me being the
     head coach of the Dallas Cowboys ("MNF," ABC, 12/8)....The
     N.Y. POST reports that the Yankees dismissed Hideki Irabu's
     interpreter, Kota Ishijima, and four other non-uniformed
     employees "three weeks before Christmas."  Also dismissed
     were equipment manager Nick Priore, massage therapist
     Michael Silverwise, video coordinator Carl Taylor and
     consulting psychiatrist Fran Pirozzolo.  The Yankees had no
     comment in the report (N.Y. POST, 12/9)....The Indians sold
     600,000 tickets over the weekend in the first two days that
     '98 general admission seats were put on sale (Indians).

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