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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).