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  • ANGELOS PROFILED: ORIOLES OWNER A "SHREWD NEGOTIATOR"

              Orioles Owner Peter Angelos is profiled by Peter
         Schmuck of the Baltimore SUN in the first of a three-part
         series on the team's front office.  Angelos "is a shrewd
         negotiator with a knack for getting what he wants and a
         stubborn streak when it comes to doing what he thinks is
         best for business."  He has "steered" the Orioles "into
         regular contention and -- it appears -- into a new era of
         stability and tranquility."  Angelos, on the team's payroll:
         "We might end up with the highest payroll in baseball, but
         it won't be comprised of players who make $10-$12M per year.
         ... Baseball cannot support $10 million players unless
         baseball reaches the average ticket level of basketball,
         football and hockey, which is two to three times the average
         ticket price of baseball" (Baltimore SUN, 2/24).   
    
    

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  • FRANCHISE NOTES

              NHL: In Edmonton, local investors' pitch for C$14.2M
         from the city council in exchange for 22% of the Oilers was
         rejected by Alberta Premier Ralph Klein and the municipal
         affairs minister "as against the rules."  In addition, a top
         NHL official said that the league "won't like" such a move
         (EDMONTON SUN, 2/24)....The Sabres are looking into charging
         current ticket prices "for a top draw -- and discount
         tickets for lesser attractions" (THE SPORTING NEWS, 2/23
         issue)....In Ottawa, an estimated 600 fans attended the
         Senators' open practice Saturday (OTTAWA SUN, 2/22)....In
         Calgary, more than 500 fans attended Skate with the Flames
         Saturday, and proceeds from the skate and a C$100-a-plate
         brunch totalled about C$15,000 (CALGARY SUN, 2/22).
              NOTES: The U.S. national soccer team unveiled its new
         World Cup uniforms Friday, and for the first time since the
         early '50s, the U.S. will wear red jerseys on a regular
         basis (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 2/21)....In MN, a bill
         authorizing a $100M state loan to buy the Twins was approved
         Monday by a House Government Operations subcommittee.  The
         bill faces "one or two" more committee votes before it would
         get to the House floor (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 2/24). 
         Meanwhile, former West Publishing exec Vance Opperman said
         that he thinks Twins Owner Carl Pohlad might end his
         negotiations with NC businessman Don Beaver "as soon as the
         March 31 deadline passes."  Opperman: "I think it is a
         distinct possibility that that falls apart" (PIONEER PRESS,
         2/23)....In Chicago, Bulls Dir of Marketing Steve Schanwald,
         on the demand for season tickets: "We have 25,000 names on
         our season-ticket waiting list. ... We have 550,000 names in
         a database that we have collected over the years of people
         we have identified as potential Bulls ticket purchasers. ...
         Once a season ticket-holder gives up the tickets, they are
         not likely to ever get them back" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/23). 
    
    

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  • IF YOU'RE HUNGRY FOR THE WOLVES, GET SET TO PONY UP $$

              The T-Wolves announced their '98-99 ticket prices
         Monday, with increases in most seat locations ranging from
         15-25%, according to Steve Aschburner of the Minneapolis
         STAR TRIBUNE.  Team President Rob Moor: "Clearly, increasing
         ticket prices has to do with increasing expenses.  Payroll 
         -- I don't think we can duck that issue -- is one of the
         increasing expenses."  The largest increases will be felt by
         ticket holders in the lower bowl, where fans will pay from
         $4 to $30 more next season.  Upper-level seats will go from
         $17 to $25, $32 to $33 and $17 to $19, with $10 seats
         remaining the same (STAR TRIBUNE, 2/24).  Other increases
         include: $194 to $225, $77 to $102, $50 to $63 and $32 to
         $40.  The T-Wolves have 14 ticket categories in all (Ray
         Richardson, ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 2/24).   
    
    

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  • NEW PENGUINS INVESTOR SPEAKS OUT ON TEAM, TICKETS, ARENA

              Penguins co-Owner Roger Marino was interviewed in
         Sunday's Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW.  Marino has "been making
         himself heard lately" as he was "the man behind" the Pens'
         signing of Jaromir Jagr and the team's decision to reduce
         season ticket prices next season.  He also "had a hand in
         relieving" Team President Donn Patton.  Marino said that a
         move to replace Patton won't be made "until after the
         season, and he and co-owner Howard Baldwin "will become more
         involved" in the team's day-to-day operations.  Marino, on
         the ticket price reduction: "One of the messages we kept
         hearing from the fans was that ticket prices were too high. 
         We tried to shape that into reality, even though it turns
         out we have the 13th-highest ticket prices in the league.
         ... One thing we have to do next season is market the team
         correctly."  Marino called the team's arena situation
         "livable," and added, "If we keep doing the things we want
         to do to upgrade our building, 17,100 or 17,200 seats will
         be OK" (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 2/22).
    
    

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  • NHL NIXES FEDOROV'S OFFER SHEET, CASE GOES TO ARBITRATION

              The NHL ruled Monday that the Hurricanes' $38M offer
         sheet to Sergei Fedorov was invalid, according to Jason La
         Canfora of the DETROIT FREE PRESS.  The case will be heard
         by arbitrator John Sands in a conference call Wednesday. 
         The league based its ruling on a clause in the deal that
         would make a $12M portion of Fedorov's $26M signing bonus
         payable in whole should the team that signs him make it to
         the conference finals this year (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 2/24).
    
    

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  • SMG SAYS ITS SIDE HAS BEEN MISREPRESENTED IN ISLES DISPUTE

              With the proposed sale of the Islanders in jeopardy,
         Nassau County Exec Thomas Gulotta called on PA-based
         Spectacor Management Group (SMG) "to drop its demands for a
         written statement that it is not in default" of its Coliseum
         lease, according to Ken Moritsugu of NEWSDAY.  SMG must
         approve the Isles sale to Steven Gluckstern's group.  SMG
         CEO Wes Westley: "We hope to get this worked out."  Sources
         involved in the negotiations said that "little if any
         progress was made yesterday" (NEWSDAY, 2/24).  Westley said
         that SMG's position has been misrepresented: "We like the
         new ownership group and we're excited about them coming in. 
         All we've asked them for is a letter either stating what
         they see as any deficiencies in the building, or that there
         are no deficiencies at this point in time" (Ralph Vacchiano,
         N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 2/24).  More Westley: "We just want to
         protect our rights.  I would challenge anyone that says
         Nassau Coliseum is not clean and in very good shape for a
         25-year-old building" (Tarik El-Bashir, N.Y. TIMES, 2/24).  
           
    

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