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Published April 14, 1998
NBA: The off-the-court troubles of the NBA Wizards are examined by Mike Wise on the front-page of the N.Y. TIMES. Wise reports that the Wizards' "informal contract with the city has turned out to be worse than the empty cliche it has often been elsewhere. ... [F]or many fans in the city, the Wizards, rather than an example of rebirth, have been one more expensive failure" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/14). In S.F., David Steele wrote that crowds at the MCI Center "are dwindling and growing hostile," while the "immediate future of the franchise is suddenly grim" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 4/14)....The T'Wolves, who had a 96% season-ticket renewal rate last year, are finishing current renewals and project a rate of 92%-93% (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 4/14). NOTE: Columbus, OH, investors in the NHL Blue Jackets "won a major victory" when a federal judge ruled that a legal dispute over ownership of the team must be tried in Franklin County, OH, Common Pleas Court. The trial is expected to begin April 20 (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 4/10).