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FRANCHISE NOTES

          News Corp.'s ownership of the Dodgers "moved a step
     closer to reality Thursday" when Rupert Murdoch met with MLB
     Acting Commissioner Bud Selig to discuss final points of the
     acquisition and to set up a vote among owners when they meet
     in March (DAILY VARIETY, 1/6). In S.F., columnist Glenn
     Dickey writes under the header "Bud Selig Strikes Out Again
     In Handling Dodgers' Sale" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 2/6)....S.F.
     Mayor Willie Brown said the city won't contribute any more
     to the 49ers' stadium and mall project than the $100M bond
     issue approved by voters in June (MERCURY NEWS, 2/5).... T-
     Wolves Owner Glen Taylor and his partners are working on a
     deal to make VP/Basketball Ops Kevin McHale a stockholder
     provided "he signs a long-term" deal (STAR TRIBUNE, 2/6).

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