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JAC-TUNG, BABY! ST. PAUL NHL TEAM NAMES SPERLING AS CEO

          CO attorney Jac Sperling, who assisted St. Paul's NHL
     expansion bid, has been named the club's CEO.  He  will also
     be a minority investor and member of the board of the team's
     general partner, Naegele Sports.  The St. Paul NHL team also
     named Bill Robertson as Dir of Communications.  He spent the
     last four-plus years as Dir of Communications for Anaheim
     Sports.  Prior to that he was Dir of Media Services for the
     T-Wolves and Target Center (Minnesota Hockey NHL).
          NOTES: In St. Paul, Charley Walters reported that the
     team "is back to its original nickname, 'The Wild,' which is
     expected to be announced within three weeks" (PIONEER PRESS,
     1/4)....St. Paul's City Council and Civic Center Authority
     approved a 25-year arena lease deal with the expansion team.

     The debate now moves to the State Legislature, where city
     officials will ask for $65M in state bonds to pay half the
     bill for the new $130M arena (STAR TRIBUNE, 12/28).

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