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Published April 23, 1998
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 NHL.com, 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).