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              St. Charles, MO, has been approved by the CBA Board of
         Directors as a new franchise to start play during the '99-
         2000 season.  Approval is contingent upon the group selling
         2,500 season tickets by December 1, '98.  The group, which
         operates under the name RiverCity Basketball Club, is led by
         RiverCity Basketball President Michael Mannion (CBA).

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              In N.Y., Steve Zipay writes that Walt Disney Co.'s
         Angels "reportedly have offered Cuban defector Orlando
         Hernandez a contract and a movie deal" (NEWSDAY, 3/3).
              CAPPING OUT? In a two-part series, Tom Knott of the
         WASHINGTON TIMES compared the costs of the DC-area's two pro
         hockey teams, the Caps and ECHL Icebreakers.  Knott writes
         that a night out for an Icebreakers' game is $156.34 less
         expensive than a night out for a Caps game at MCI Center,
         "but not $156.34 less pleasurable" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 3/3).
              LAND-O-LAKES: In St. Paul, Jeff Seidel reports that NFL
         Commissioner Paul Tagliabue "is expected to take another
         week before ruling on the Vikings' ownership situation"
         (PIONEER PLANET, 3/3).  In DC, Leonard Shapiro profiles
         prospective Vikings Owner Tom Clancy.  Clancy on Orioles
         Owner Peter Angelos, who could become a minority partner in
         the Vikings deal: "He's kind of become like my big brother. 
         I could do a lot worse than to model myself after him"
         (WASHINGTON POST, 3/3)....Steve Baird, a lawyer with Dorsey
         & Whitney in Minneapolis, who represents Minnesota Wild, a
         MN firm that sells jams, jellies and wines, said they
         "haven't ruled out the possibility of a lawsuit," against
         the NHL Wild over name infringement (PIONEER PRESS, 3/3).
              NOTES: The MLS Rapids announced that season-ticket
         sales "are at about 1,400, nearly double last season," while
         corporate sponsorships "are three times last season's
         level."  The team's home radio broadcasts will be carried by
         KKFN-AM and by Spanish-language station KMXA-AM.  Fox Sports
         Rocky Mountain will televise between 10-12 Rapids games
         (DENVER POST, 3/3)....A Nets club source said that "a number
         of season-ticket holders have complained" to Nets President
         Michael Rowe about coach John Calipari's "language and
         gesticulations, and it is likely that Saturday's outburst"
         toward a fan "will increase the number" (Bergen RECORD,
         3/2)....In Sacramento, Ailene Voisin profiled new Kings
         Owners Gavin and Joe Maloof.  The Maloofs "appear to have
         both feet and egos planted firmly on earth, no matter the
         terrain."  Joe Maloof: "We're all salesmen, but we believe
         that the most important thing is how you treat your
         customer.  We want them to keep coming back.  That seems to
         get lost today with all theses computers and cell phones.  
         The human touch is missing" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 3/2).
              MLB: Former Blue Jays OF Rob Ducey reached an out-of-
         court settlement of $700,000 with the team following a
         batting practice incident that occurred at SkyDome in '89
         (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 3/3)....WGN-TV commentator Steve
         Stone has suggested that Cubs management play Harry Caray
         singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the 7th inning
         stretch at Wrigley Field as a "never-ending tribute" to the
         announcer.  The Cubs will discuss the matter with Caray's
         widow, Dutchie, before making a decision (SUN-TIMES, 3/3).  

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              Two Twins execs, two officials of the Metropolitan
         Sports Facilities Commission (MSFC) and a retired judge will
         meet today "to argue whether the team can legally end its
         30-year Metrodome lease," according to Patrick Sweeney of
         the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS.  The mediation effort could be a
         prelude to a "lengthy court fight, or it could lead to a
         compromise renegotiation of the lease that might keep the
         Twins in Minnesota for a short time -- perhaps another one
         to five years."  MSFC Chair Henry Savelkoul said that "a
         renegotiated lease is one option likely to be discussed in
         the private mediation session."  MSFC member Loanne Thrane:
         "I think we'll get through the mediation and probably
         nothing will be resolved, and we'll sue."  Roger Magnuson, a
         Twins attorney, "predicted the mediation will last no longer
         than a day."  He "refused to speculate" on the possibility
         of a compromise, saying the "only issue" is whether the team
         may legally end the lease (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 3/3).

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