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Published March 25, 1998
NOTES: Tom Clancy disputed a report that he will sell his minority interest in the Orioles in acquiring the Vikings: "I plan to follow all league rules, but nobody has asked me to sell my interest in the Orioles." Clancy's partner Marc Ganis admitted that his comments saying Clancy would sell his stake was a "misunderstanding" (Baltimore SUN, 3/25)....The Islanders hired NY-based Diamond Promotion Group to market the team and handle promotional programs, fan forums and other events (NEWSDAY, 3/25)....The ECHL's first franchise in GA will be called the Augusta Lynx (HOCKEY NEWS, 3/27 issue)....The Anaheim Bullfrogs, formerly of RHI, have joined Major League Roller Hockey (MLRH). MLB: Cablevision CEO James Dolan said that Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner told him the "ballclub is not for sale." But Dolan said that "his company will continue have a close relationship with Steinbrenner" (CNBC, 3/24)....Pro Player Stadium is expected to be sold out for the Marlins' season-opener on Tuesday (SUN-SENTINEL, 3/25)....In Cincinnati, Managing CEO John Allen is profiled by Bill Koch. Asked about his relationship with Marge Schott, Allen said, "Marginal at best." But Koch wrote that under Allen, the Reds "finally have a plan. If all goes well this year, if the Reds can draw about 1.8 million fans, they might actually make a little money" (CINCINNATI POST, 3/24)....The Orioles will have the largest player payroll in MLB history this season at $74.3M. The Braves will open the season with a payroll of $71.6M, followed by the Red Sox at $71.3M and the Yankees at just under $68.3M (WASHINGTON POST, 3/25).