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FRANCHISE NOTES

          NFL: In Cleveland, Tony Grossi reported that Ravens PSL
     sales "are stalled at about 50,000," 10,000 shy of their
     goal for the 68,400-seat stadium, according to Tony Grossi
     of the Cleveland PLAIN DEALER.  Grossi also noted that
     Earnest Byner has taken a position in the Ravens' office,
     combining community relations and player personnel duties
     (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 4/5)....Rams Minority Owner Stan
     Kroenke has increased his piece of the club from 30% to 40%,
     "but there is no timetable for a possible buyout of majority
     owner Georgia Frontiere" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 4/5).
          NOTES: The Lightning's ownership situation was examined
     by Richard Sandomir of the N.Y. TIMES.  NHL Commissioner
     Gary Bettman, on Lightning Majority Owner Takashi Okubo:
     "I've never said I had to meet him, but I want to meet him. 
     I want to talk to him about how to improve his team. ... If
     the result of getting the franchise sold is not meeting him,
     I'll live with it" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/6)....CA businessman Bill
     Scripps has agreed in principal to sell his Class A Augusta
     GreenJackets minor league baseball team to Boston
     businessmen Michael and Jeffery Savit.  The deal is expected
     to be completed by May 1, pending approval by the South
     Atlantic League (Rob Mueller, AUGUSTA CHRONICLE, 4/5).

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