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              The Phillies, who sell "the most expensive cup of beer"
         in the NL, "are skimming their suds ... a racket that costs
         beer-drinking fans at Veterans Stadium nearly a half-million
         bucks a year," according to Don Russell of the PHILADELPHIA
         DAILY NEWS.  In a "random sampling," Russell found that the
         team's $5 18-ounce cup of draft beer "actually contains, at
         most, just 16 ounces of beer.  A 12-ounce cup typically
         contains 10 or 11 ounces."  Russell reports that the team
         sold an estimated 750,000 cups of beer in '97, and that the
         "value of skimmed suds at 2 ounces per cup" is equal to
         $495,000.  Russell adds that the Vet gets up to 14 extra
         cups from every keg, $90 in "extra revenue."  Ogden
         Entertainment, which runs the Vet's concessions, "denied any
         ripoff" (Don Russell, PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 4/23).

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              The fate of the NHL Oilers now rests with Edmonton's
         City Council "after Edmonton Northlands approved a deal last
         night to give the team rent" for $1, according to Johnson &
         Findlay of the EDMONTON SUN.  The Northlands board passed a
         motion to let the Oilers play in the Coliseum for $1 a year,
         "provided city council agrees to hand over C$2.4M a year to
         help cover an expected C$4.8M deficit."  The motion was
         seconded by Mayor Bill Smith, and goes to a Council vote
         tomorrow.  Under the current deal, the Oilers paid C$2.8M
         for rent, using money collected by the city through a ticket
         tax.  Local investors who've bid to keep the team want to
         rent the facility for $1 a year, "yet still keep most of the
         ticket tax and game concession" revenues.  In return, the
         local group would give Coliseum management to Northlands for
         all non-Oilers events. Northlands says the deal would result
         in a C$4.8M a year operating deficit, of which "it is
         willing to pay half" if the city pays the rest.  Smith said
         that the council vote "should be a no-brainer," but Johnson
         & Findlay write that the council must "consider the flood of
         calls that have come into City Hall" recently, the "majority
         of which have been opposed" to the city using taxpayer money
         to help the team (EDMONTON SUN, 4/23).  Team and Northlands
         officials say the assistance "isn't for the team but for
         Northlands," a non-profit organization which oversees the
         Coliseum.  Councilmember Brian Mason, however, called such
         aid "money straight for the team" (EDMONTON JOURNAL, 4/23). 
         In Edmonton, Donna Marie Artuso writes under the header,
         "Miffed Council Will Back Oilers Deal" (SUN, 4/23).  Also in
         Edmonton, Scott Haskins writes, "I want to know who votes
         no. I want to know who should receive a standing boo the
         next time they set foot in the Coliseum" (EDM. SUN, 4/23).

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              NHL: Adelphia Communications has transferred its
         interest in the Sabres to Adelphia Chair John Rigas, who
         will end up with majority control.  Rigas will also get
         majority ownership of the Marine Midland Arena.  As part of
         the deal, Adelphia subsidiary Empire Sports received an
         extension of its cable rights deal to Sabres games (DAILY
         VARIETY, 4/23)....The Bruins have "slashed" the average
         ticket price of some 7,500 "upper-bowl" seats by about $9.50
         apiece.  A season ticket to 42 Bruins home games, including
         one exhibition, for the '98-99 season can now be purchased
         for $630 (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/23)....The NHL expansion Thrashers
         will unveil their logo to the public tonight at 6:15pm ET on, becoming the first sports team to use the Internet
         as the primary medium to introduce a new logo (NHL ICE).
              MLB: The MLB Cardinals signed a five-year sponsorship
         with BJC Health System, to "team up" and talk to kids about
         staying in school, staying physically fit and staying away
         from drugs.  BJC will also donate $200 to the Cardinals Care
         charitable fund for every home run hit by a Cards' players
         at Busch Stadium this season, while Cardinals players will
         make multiple visits to schools (POST-DISPATCH, 4/21)....The
         Indians have partnered with marketing & consulting firm J.D.
         Power & Associates, to evaluate and improve Indians' fans
         experience at Jacobs Field. The team will distribute 30,000
         questionnaires and postage paid envelopes over 13 different
         home dates, beginning tonight, with J.D. Power providing
         information based upon responses (Indians)....With
         yesterday's crowd of 7,491 at the A's-Twins game, the A's
         home attendance stands at 151,358, "down more than 50,000
         from last year's attendance at the same point" (S.F.
         CHRONICLE, 4/23)....The Mets released their "Mets in Black"
         catalog yesterday, featuring the team's new black uniforms.
         "Mets in Black" merchandise areas will be created at NYC
         area Modell's, Bob's and Sports Authority stores (Mets).    
              NOTES: Following a closed door meeting which lasted
         throughout the day yesterday, the Maple Leafs' acquisition
         of the Raptors and the Air Canada Centre "has been
         completed."  The "complex" deal was estimated at between
         $400-$500M (Bruce DeMara, TORONTO STAR, 4/23)....The federal
         Trademark Trial and Appeal Board will hear oral arguments on
         May 27 in the case to cancel federal protection of the
         Redskins nickname.  Each side has been allotted half an hour
         to make their arguments.  If the ruling goes against the
         Redskins, selling of team memorabilia "will be severely
         curtailed" (Avis Little Eagle, INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY, 4/22).

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