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  • BOSTON GLOBE REPORTS NO SETTLEMENT YET OF BOSOX BIAS DISPUTE

              A "leading civil rights activist has dropped efforts to
         help" the Red Sox negotiate a settlement with a former
         employee who says he was the target of racial harassment
         from co-workers, "accusing the team of failing to deal in
         good faith," according to Adrian Walker of the BOSTON GLOBE. 
         Rev. Charles Stith, President of the Organization for a New
         Equality, said that he was asked by attorneys for the former
         employee, Thomas Sneed, to try to mediate the dispute.  But
         Stith said that he was "rebuffed" by the Red Sox when he
         approached team CEO John Harrington about settling.
         According to Stith, he and Harrington discussed the case for
         about a week "before Harrington told him he would rather go
         to court than settle" (Adrian Walker, BOSTON GLOBE, 1/31).
    
    

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  • FRANCHISE NOTES: TWO ABL TEAMS SET ATTENDANCE RECORDS

              ATTENDANCE: The ABL Colorado Xplosion set a franchise
         attendance record Sunday by playing before 13,489 at
         McNichols Sports Arena (DENVER POST, 2/2)....The ABL Lasers
         set a team record when 12,396 attended Friday's game against
         the Glory at the San Jose Arena (S.F. EXAMINER, 1/31)....A
         record 19,804 attended the new Oakland Coliseum Arena Friday
         for the Bulls-Warriors (S.F. EXAMINER, 1/31)....The Bruins
         played before their first sellout of the season Saturday
         against the Rangers at FleetCenter (JOURNAL-BULLETIN, 2/1). 
         
    

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  • L.A. CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS TO HOLDEN: YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN

              Six members of the L.A. City Council on Friday "joined
         in a motion calling for a legal review to ensure that"
         Council member Nate Holden's "quixotic quest" to bring the
         Raiders back to L.A. doesn't provoke a lawsuit against the
         city, according to Beth Shuster of the L.A. TIMES.  Holden:
         "Six councilmen are not going to shut me up.  The people
         have the right to know the truth."  Holden argues that
         Raiders Owner Al Davis "is close to settling a lawsuit with
         the NFL, which will grant him rights to any pro football
         franchise in the Los Angeles media market."  But NFL Dir of
         Communications Greg Aiello said, "The idea that a settlement
         was imminent was not the opinion of our attorneys.  I don't
         believe there's been any change in that" (L.A. TIMES, 1/31).
    
    

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  • PIRATES ABOUT A MONTH AWAY FROM DECIDING ON STOCK OFFERING

              The Pirates expect to decide within a month whether to
         go ahead with a public offering, according to Tom Barnes of
         the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE.  Pirates Owner Kevin McClatchy:
         "Right now, I think the timing is pretty good."  The team is
         working with different investment firms to analyze potential
         interest in a stock offering.  McClatchy said that the
         proposed stock would "fluctuate in value, increasing or
         decreasing if the total value of the team changed." 
         McClatchy: "If the team ever was sold, (stockholders) would
         gain in the appreciation."  Shareholders wouldn't have
         voting control of the team (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 1/30).
              
    

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  • PREDATORS EYE AREA BUSINESSES IN SEASON-TICKET POWER PLAY

              The NHL Predators have targeted some 400 businesses "in
         their third-period surge to sell the 12,000 season tickets
         needed by March 31 to become a full" NHL franchise,
         according to Jim Molpus of the NASHVILLE BANNER.  The team
         plans to sell roughly two-thirds of the 12,000 season
         tickets needed -- 8,000 -- to businesses "as a marketing and
         benefit tool."  The remaining 4,000 will be made up of
         individual ticket buyers, "and Predators sources say they
         are at or very near that goal already."  Roughly 4,000-4,500
         season tickets need to be sold over the next two months,
         "the vast majority" to Nashville's business community.  A
         brochure distributed by the team to area businesses includes
         phrases such as, "It's Time to STICK UP for Nashville."  The
         brochure stresses the team's need for corporate support, and
         reminds businesses that if the deadline is not met "the
         franchise could be pulled" (NASHVILLE BANNER, 1/30).  
    
    

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  • SOURCE SAYS OILERS PARTIES SQUABBLING OVER EXPANSION MONEY

              A "three-way scrap over who should pocket" the NHL
         Oilers' "slice of NHL expansion pie has become the main
         stumbling block in hammering out a sale," a "key" source
         tells Bernard Pilon of the EDMONTON SUN.  Existing Oilers
         Owner Peter Pocklington feels the $12.3M expansion payout is
         his "because he voted to let the league expand."  But
         Alberta Treasury Branches, which is now effectively running
         the team, feels it should get the money.  And potential
         local Oilers buyers want the money "because they'll be
         running things once cheques are issued."  NHL Commissioner
         Gary Bettman offered to split the payout between the groups,
         but no agreement has been reached (EDMONTON SUN, 2/2).
    
    

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