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Published February 24, 1998
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).