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Published January 9, 1998
The Pirates, "seeking revenue to help with operating expenses, could become the first" MLB team to offer public shares of a team. Pirates Owner Kevin McClatchy: "It's an option we're examining. But right now, it's very much in the research stage" (USA TODAY, 1/9)....A Philadelphia group which "apparently" is interested in buying the Vikings toured the Metrodome on Wednesday. The group consisted of "five or six men" whose names "were not revealed" (PIONEER PRESS, 1/9)....The Eagles "put an abrupt end" yesterday to speculation that Ron Jaworski would join the Eagles' front office, and made it "emphatically clear they have no interest" in hiring the ESPN analyst (DAILY NEWS, 1/9). HOCKEY: The NHL Nashville Predators "must sell nearly 6,000 season-ticket packages in the next 82 days" to fulfill its expansion requirement or it will "forfeit" its deposit and franchise. Predators Chair Craig Leipold said that more than 6,100 season tickets had been sold as of Wednesday (Mult., 1/9)....The IHL Chicago Wolves have a .756 winning percentage, but their 7,945 average attendance "is the lowest in the franchise's four-year history midway through a season." Wolves Chair Don Levin: "Our attendance is always lower until football is over" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 1/9).