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FRANCHISE NOTES

          BASEBALL: The Dodgers have opened an office in Tokyo,
     "the first such office ever opened" by an MLB team.  The
     Dodgers' Eizaburo Kohrogi will oversee the new office under
     his new title of Dir of Asian Relations (L.A. TIMES, 4/29).
     ...In Minneapolis, Sid Hartman reports that Mike Veeck and
     his partners will continue to operate the St. Paul Saints of
     the Northern League this season, "because nobody has stepped
     up to pay the big price being asked for the franchise"
     (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 4/30)....In Toronto, Garth
     Woolsey writes that the Blue Jays are "surely" worth less
     now than when a group led by Murray Frum offered what was
     thought to be more than C$150M to buy the team from
     Interbrew.  With attendance, TV viewership and "prospects"
     down and the competition "getting tougher," Woolsey writes
     there "has to be unease at the top and it's only a matter of
     time until it should be raining down on everyone in the
     organization" (TORONTO STAR, 4/30).....Red Sox 3B Tim
     Naehring was to meet with Red Sox CEO John Harrington about
     creating a miniature Fenway Park in Boston.  Naehring's
     company, Athletes Reach Out, already has built a Little
     Fenway in Cincinnati (Providence JOURNAL-BULLETIN, 4/29).
          NOTES: Viacom Chair Sumner Redstone, on his interest in
     buying a sports franchise: "I think what I won't do that
     others have done -- I won't risk Viacom.  I'll take a lot of
     risks, but I never could take it to the point where Viacom
     is at risk" (L.A. TIMES, 4/29)....In Minneapolis, Sid
     Hartman reports that Vikings co-Owner Wheelock Whitney
     denied a recent report that he and other members of the
     Vikings board sold the team to Tom Clancy "to make sure that
     Roger Headrick didn't get it."  Whitney also disputed
     Hartman's sources, who claim that Clancy won't be approved
     by the NFL because of his lack of financial backing
     (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 4/30)....RDV Sports VP/Marketing
     Cari Coats said that the Dazzle and Illusion are two of the
     top six names being considered for Orlando's WNBA expansion
     team.  Other names "thought to be discussed are Spirit, Oz
     and Miracle."  Meanwhile, more than 2,000 season tickets
     have been pledged for next season (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 4/30).
     
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