Blue Jays Praised For Shapiro Hiring Islanders Dropping Ice Girls This Season MLS, Galaxy See Big Returns From Dos Santos Should Ravens Rein In Harbaugh? NASL Says USSF Rules Violate Antitrust Blue Jays Officially Hire Mark Shapiro Indians' Dolan Confirms Search For Minority Owner Mariners Search For Zduriencik's Replacement Dombrowski Evaluating Sox Before Making Moves Lakers' Jim Buss Has No Plans To Sell
Published January 8, 1998
A Houston TV station reported that IHL Aeros Owner Chuck Watson offered to lend a group of Edmonton investors $35M to buy the NHL Oilers. Watson: "Our motivation is to assist ... in keeping the NHL in Edmonton. In turn, the NHL would look favourably on a franchise for me in Houston" (AP/EDMONTON JOURNAL, 1/8)....Lease talks between the Nets and the NJ Sports & Exposition Authority (NJSEA) "will finally commence next week." NJSEA Chair Ray Bateman: "We have been very anxious to get the ball rolling on these talks. The time has come for us to proceed" (STAR-LEDGER, 1/8)....The Chargers sent out letters to 1,400 season-ticket holders "inviting them to purchase two tickets each" for Super Bowl XXXII. The 1,400 were chosen "at random" from the 17,000 season-ticket holders. The 2,800 tickets used to satisfy the drawing's winners represent "nearly half" of the team's allotment of 5,650 tickets for the game (S.D. UNION- TRIBUNE, 1/8)....With less than three months until their home opener, the MLS Rapids have surpassed their entire season-ticket sales total for '97. The number of new full- season equivalents (FSEs) sold through December 22 is already 50% ahead of the total new FSEs in '97 (Rapids).