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  • FRANCHISE NOTES

              MLB: News from N.Y.'s gossip pages:  The POST's "Page
         Six" reports that the Yankees Fan Fest -- a seven-year-old
         tradition at the New York Coliseum -- "has been cancelled
         for mysterious reasons."  The event raised money for various
         charities with Yankee autographs (N.Y. POST, 1/6).  The
         DAILY NEWS' Rush & Molloy reported that a source said
         Cablevision Chair Charles Dolan wants to buy a piece of the
         Yankees.  Spokespeople for Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
         and Cablevision would not comment (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 12/23).
              OTHER NOTES: In L.A., Earl Gustkey notes that the ABL
         Long Beach StingRays have the worst attendance in the league
         and reports that if those numbers don't improve, the team
         could move to Long Island or Dallas (L.A. TIMES, 1/6).
         ...ESPN's David Aldridge writes that 76ers head coach Larry
         Brown and G Allen Iverson "aren't coexisting."  Aldridge:
         "Would the Sixers deal Iverson if the price is right? ...
         Philly's ad campaigns, its team identity, its ticket base
         are all intertwined with Iverson.  A trade would be hard to
         explain, harder to make up in sales" (ESPN SportsZone, 1/6).
    
    

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  • NHL BLUE JACKETS SEE NEXT TWELVE MONTHS AS "CRITICAL"

              The NHL Blue Jackets are trying to "secure a deal" with
         IHL Columbus Chill Owner Horn Chen to "become part" of its
         investment group, according to Craig Merz of the COLUMBUS
         DISPATCH.  The Blue Jackets "are working to bring Chen into
         the fold," and a deal with Chen "may mean" the Blue Jackets
         will "own the Chill, which will move to another city, and
         Chen's Indianapolis IHL team" (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 1/4).
    
    

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  • REPORT: WATSON/MCNAIR READYING TO PITCH IN FOR NHL OILERS

              Houston business exec Robert McNair and IHL Aeros Owner
         Chuck Watson "are planning to pitch in" to keep the NHL
         Oilers in Edmonton, according to Bernard Pilon of the
         EDMONTON SUN.  Watson and McNair are wrapping up a deal
         where they would make up the difference in what local
         investors need to buy the team for US$70M.  Watson: "That's
         been the plan all along, but I don't expect any conclusion
         until mid- to late January."  The amount the duo would
         contribute "isn't known."  Watson and McNair "won't wind up
         owning any part of the team" (EDMONTON SUN, 1/6).
    
    

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  • STARS OWNER TOM HICKS PURSUING OWNERSHIP OF MLB RANGERS

              A spokesperson for Stars Owner Tom Hicks confirmed
         yesterday that Hicks "is leading an investors group that has
         been negotiating for several months to purchase" the MLB
         Rangers, according to Ken Daley of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. 
         Rangers President Tom Schieffer: "Traditionally, we have
         never discussed anybody's interest, and we're not going to
         start now."  Daley reports that Hicks "has previously
         mentioned his interest in the Rangers, and in pairing the
         local baseball and hockey franchises in an attractive, year-
         round broadcast package."  The Rangers' ownership group now
         has 28 members, but percentages of ownership by individual
         members are not made public (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 1/6).
    
    

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  • THE AL EAST'S BURDEN: BOSOX AND ORIOLES RAISE TICKET PRICES

              The Red Sox have raised tickets by $4 in almost every
         section, according to Larry Whiteside of the BOSTON GLOBE. 
         In creating a second tier of seats in several sections, the
         Red Sox hope to produce an additional $7.58M in revenue,
         "just enough to pay the salary" of P Pedro Martinez.  The $4
         hike will be in effect for field and loge box seats, right
         field boxes and roof seats, approximately half the
         grandstand and bleachers.  The team says that more than
         500,000 seats over the course of the season will be
         available at the same price as '97 (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/6).  
              DOH! The Red Sox home opener will take place April 10
         and will start at 3:05pm ET to accommodate religious
         observances of Good Friday and Passover.  There will be no
         beer sales at Fenway Park that day (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/6).
              ORIOLES: The Orioles have raised ticket prices 15% for
         the '98 season, on top of a 19% increase in '97, according
         to Jon Morgan of the Baltimore SUN.  The increase will net a
         little more than $7M for the club (Baltimore SUN, 1/1).  The
         average Orioles ticket will cost $18.93 in '98, a 74% leap
         in six years (Thomas Boswell, WASHINGTON POST, 12/31).
    
    

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