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  • FRANCHISE NOTES

              Calvin Murphy, who has served as the Rockets' TV
         analyst and a "cornerstone" of the team's community-
         relations efforts, "apparently has submitted his
         resignation."  It is "unknown" what "prompted Murphy to
         resign" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 1/23)....Larry Makelki, former
         co-owner of the oil-patch supply company BMW Monarch, has
         "added his name" to the team of nine local investors vying
         to buy the NHL Oilers (EDMONTON SUN, 1/23)....The Capitals
         will debut their new third jersey on Sunday at the MCI
         Center against the Bruins.  The jersey is mostly black, with
         a stripe of bronze across the torso bottom (Capitals).
              
    

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  • MICHAEL, ROW YOUR SPORTS A SHORE, HALLELUJAH

              Disney's sports empire is examined by USA TODAY's Bill
         Meyers, who writes, "Flexing its monetary muscle ... has
         enabled Disney to outpace corporate rivals such as Time
         Warner and Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. as it builds the most
         powerful empire in the $200 billion sports world."  Disney
         Chair Michael Eisner: "Sports is entertainment.  It gives
         you continuing seasons, which is like Sequel City."  Meyers
         writes that it is Eisner "who has written the script for
         Disney's current sports success," between its ownership of
         the Angels and Mighty Ducks, its investment in ESPN, ESPN
         retail outlets and ESPN Magazine, and its $500M pact with
         major college bowls.  Eisner is also "integrating Disney's
         sports empire into its entertainment kingdom," and "blending
         ... athletics and entertainment" (USA TODAY, 1/23).
    
    

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  • MN EXPANSION TEAM HOPES FANS READY FOR WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

              Minnesota's NHL expansion team unveiled its new name,
         the "Wild," along with its logo, including the official
         colors of Iron Range Red, Forest Green, Harvest Gold and
         Minnesota Wheat (Wild).  In Minneapolis, John Millea reports
         that 3,500 fans attended the team's ceremony, where the name
         was introduced to Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild."  Wild
         merchandise went on sale "immediately after" the event
         outside, and will be available today at retail.  Wild CEO
         Jac Sperling: "The identity is the wilderness.  It's one of
         the good things about Minnesota; the rugged natural
         wilderness and the enthusiasm of the fans" (STAR TRIBUNE,
         1/23).  Also in MN, Patrick Reusse writes that after an
         effort to get the name "North Stars" back from Dallas
         failed, and the expansion team's owners "showed no interest
         in reviving" the old St. Paul "Fighting Saints" name, the
         moniker is "certain to be a disappointment" to MN's hockey
         traditionalists: "The name offered no link to St. Paul, no
         link to the NHL's Minnesota past" (STAR TRIBUNE, 1/23).
              OFF-ICE: Wild Managing Partner Bob Naegele "declined
         comment" on reports that he had "more than doubled" his
         initial $10M investment in the franchise when other
         investors withdrew (Charley Walters, PIONEER PRESS, 1/23).
    
    

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  • NFL, RAIDERS SAY REPORTS OF MOVE RIGHT OUT OF LA-LA LAND

              L.A. City Councilmember Nate Holden, who was "ridiculed
         for stirring up a scare that the Raiders were leaving
         Oakland went even further yesterday, claiming the move is
         'imminent,'" according to Rick DelVecchio of the S.F.
         CHRONICLE.  Holden, at a news conference at the Coliseum,
         said that Raiders Owner Al Davis will "prevail" in his legal
         battles with the NFL and "as a result will win the right to
         take the team south."  Raiders Exec Assistant Al LoCasale
         said that the Raiders "are not planning to move anytime
         soon," while NFL VP/Communications Greg Aiello termed
         Holden's comments "ridiculous."  L.A. City Councilmember
         Joel Wachs: "We need the Raiders like the Titanic needed an
         iceberg" (Rick DelVecchio, S.F. CHRONICLE, 1/23).  
    
    

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  • POLL: SAN DIEGANS ARE GOING TO LESS PRO GAMES THAN IN PAST

              A new San Diego Union-Tribune/KNSD-NBC poll found that
         many locals are going to fewer pro games than they did five
         years ago, according Gordon Smith of the SAN DIEGO UNION-
         TRIBUNE.  The poll, which surveyed 603 San Diego residents
         January 9-15, was conducted by CA-based Richard Hertz
         Consulting, and had a margin of error of +/- 4%.  Among the
         results, 64% said there are "major benefits to having pro
         sports in San Diego," with women being "as emphatic about
         the benefits of pro sports as men;" 43% attend the same
         number of games as they did five years ago, but a
         "significant" 33% attend fewer games; 41% said their
         interest in sports is affected by player attitudes; and 51%
         said the city should share "at least" some of the costs of a
         new ballpark for the Padres, while 42% said the Padres
         should cover all costs.  The Padres maintain "a strong
         positive image in the community," as 64% think they are good
         corporate citizens, compared with 51% who say the same about
         the Chargers.  And 39% said the current Padres ownership "is
         doing a better job than the previous owners at making
         baseball good for San Diego" (UNION-TRIBUNE, 1/22).    
    
    

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