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FRANCHISE NOTES

          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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