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  • ANGELS GET PERMISSION TO LEAVE DISNEY'S SMALL WORLD

              The Angels "have received a special dispensation" from
         the Walt Disney Co. to "dump DisneySpeak," according to
         Marla Jo Fisher of the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER.  Last year,
         in "becoming part of the Disney empire," managers were
         "pressured to adopt the corporate culture, including the use
         of catchwords and phrases," such as "cast member" for
         employee, "On stage" for public areas, "Backstage" for
         nonpublic areas and "Guests" for fans. Fisher called the
         "dispute over language" a "clash of two distinct
         entertainment cultures" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 3/23).
    
    

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  • ARE THE BUCKS STOPPING HERE? TEAM AT FINANCIAL "CROSSROADS"

              Bucks VP/Business Operations John Steinmiller admitted
         that the team is "at a crossroads," adding that the size of
         the Milwaukee market and the fact that the Bucks don't own
         the Bradley Center "are problematic," according to D.
         Orlando Ledbetter of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. 
         Steinmiller: "You're not going to change the market.  We're
         not going to pump half a million or a million more people
         into the market.  You've got to find ways to make the market
         work for you and minimize your exposure by winning as much
         as you can and by not making mistakes."  Steinmiller added
         the team is also "outmatched by just about every market" in
         its the pursuit of lucrative local cable TV deals that other
         big-market teams in the NBA earn (JOURNAL SENTINEL, 3/24).
    
    

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  • COLISEUM AUTHORITY RAISES RAIDERS' TICKET PACKAGES BY $10

              The Oakland Coliseum Authority voted to increase the
         price of a Raiders season-ticket package by $10 next season,
         "an increase some officials fear may drive away fans,"
         according to Renee Koury of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS.  The
         extra fees will bring about $310,000 "in badly needed
         revenue" to the Authority.  Though the increase averages
         just $1 per home game, Oakland Football Marketing Assoc. Dir
         Richard Rogers said it may cause fans "to bail out of their
         contracts."  Just 33,000 of 55,000 PSLs and club seats have
         been sold and "about" 7,000 fans have forfeited licenses
         since the Raiders moved back to Oakland in '95.  Rogers:
         "The extra $10 isn't a lot of money, but it may be the straw
         that breaks the camel's back."  But Coliseum Authority Chair
         Mary King said her group has "a responsibility to show good
         faith" to county residents, "whether they have an interest
         in football or not" (MERCURY NEWS, 3/20).  In Oakland, Laura
         Counts wrote that the increase gives fans "another reason to
         feel sour about the whole deal" (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 2/20).
    
    

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  • FRANCHISE NOTES

              NFL: Tom Clancy plans "to dump" his shares of the
         Orioles "so that cross-ownership won't be an issue" when the
         NFL votes on his bid for the Vikings.  Partner Marc Ganis
         said that Clancy will "divest completely," but that "it will
         take some time" (PIONEER PRESS, 3/24)....The Patriots have
         mandated that players undergo mandatory classroom tutoring
         in conjunction with Northeastern Univ. during minicamp and
         training camp on subjects that include domestic violence,
         drug/alcohol education, postcareer preparation, financial
         planning, and racial issues (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/22).
              NOTES: In Chicago, Jay Mariotti on the White Sox's
         signing of Wil Cordero: "Only one owner was foolish enough
         to bring him in.  That guy is [Jerry] Reinsdorf.  Uncle
         Jerry embraces the belief that if the Sox win, you will
         come, even if certain players are worthy only of your scorn"
         (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 3/24)....The Hawks have stopped selling
         tickets for their game Friday against the Bulls until they
         get permission from the Georgia Dome to sell an additional
         10,000 obstructed-view seats, for $5-$10 (SUN-TIMES, 3/24).
         ...Mavs coach Don Nelson cancelled practice last Friday to
         devote the team's attention to TeamUp Day, which called for
         players and staff to continue work on a basketball court
         funded by F Samaki Walker (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 3/21).
    
    

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  • TALK OF A'S MOVE SPARKS MUCH TALK IN S.F. BAY AREA

              A's Owners Steve Schott and Ken Hofmann "will not move
         the team from the Bay Area," according to columnist Glenn
         Dickey of the S.F. CHRONICLE, who wrote that "if they decide
         to sell to owners in another city, their lease requires that
         they first put the team up for sale to possible local buyers
         for six months."  Dickey wrote that a winning, exciting team
         will bring fans back to the ballpark, "but they won't return
         if there's constant speculation that the owners are so
         unhappy they may move the team" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 3/23).
              SAY JOSE? In San Jose, Bryant & Kurtzman wrote that a
         "small group of baseball enthusiasts" told Santa Clara, CA,
         City Council members that it "will present a plan within a
         month to build a stadium" for the A's (MERCURY NEWS, 3/19).
         ...In S.F., Bruce Jenkins said an A's-to-San-Jose move "will
         never happen" as the Giants own the territorial rights:
         "Some say that territorial agreement is flimsy, but if the
         Giants go to court, they'll win" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 3/21).  
    
    

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