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Published January 5, 1998
NFL: The Colts named Bill Polian team President and dismissed Dir of Football Ops Bill Tobin and coach Lindy Infante. Along with investing about $1M a year in Polian, Owner Jim Irsay must pay Tobin, Infante and the 13 assistants. All were under contract through '98. All told, Irsay's restructuring will cost more than $3M (STAR-NEWS, 12/23)....Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen, on if Denver voters do not pass a sales-tax referendum in '98 to help build a new stadium: "I will not be the owner of the Broncos for much longer. Somebody else will buy this team, they will pay me the appropriate sum and I will maximize whatever I can get - - not on the basis of what they're going to do in Denver but what they're gonna do somewhere else, and it will end up in Houston, or Toronto or somewhere else" (L.A. TIMES, 12/27). OTHER NOTES: Through their "Give the Gift of Soccer" holiday campaign, the MLS Revolution generated an additional 1,300 season-ticket sales (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/26)....Flames co-Owner Harley Hotchkiss, on the team's fan base: "One of the challenges we face here is we are in transition with our longer-term fans who like to focus on just hockey, and now we have a group of younger fans who want a total entertainment package, other attractions and more noise. It's a challenge to strike the happy balance and not alienate our older fans and yet recognize the change we are going through" (CALGARY SUN, 1/1).