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ORLANDO & MINNESOTA PLACED ON WNBA MAP FOR '99 SEASON

          The WNBA's Operating Committee has voted to add two
     expansion teams -- to be operated by the T'Wolves and the
     Magic -- to the WNBA for the '99 season, bringing the number
     of teams in the league to 12.  The new teams will be granted
     upon the condition that they each secure pledges for at
     least 5,000 season tickets prior to September 1 (WNBA). WNBA
     President Val Ackerman, on the two new franchises: "They've
     shown the right level of commitment.  They're both well-run
     organizations, and it hasn't been that long since they came
     into the NBA as expansion teams.  So in some respects, they
     both know the drill."  In Orlando, L.C. Johnson reports that
     the Magic is considering Illusion and Dazzle as possible
     nicknames.  The average ticket price for the team will be
     about $15, with the low price of $8 (ORLANDO SENTINEL,4/23). 
          SHE-WOLVES: T'Wolves Exec VP Roger Griffith is
     "expected to direct" that team's WNBA operations (John
     Millea, Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 4/23).  In St. Paul, Jim
     McCartney writes that "If the response to the WNBA's
     inaugural season is any indication, the WNBA should do just
     fine in the Twin Cities, despite an abundance" of pro and
     major college sports (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 4/23).
          
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