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  • FRANCHISE NOTES

              In Edmonton, NHL Oilers local investors have raised
         C$55M now with the addition of a C$1M share from business
         exec Dave Addie and an anonymous Lloydminster investor.  The
         group is looking for C$60M in equity by April 27 (EDMONTON
         JOURNAL, 4/9)....In S.F., 13 players from the MLB Giants'
         farm team in the Dominican Republic have filed suit in
         federal court against the Giants, longtime scout Luis Rosa
         and Dir of Player Development Jack Hiatt.  The players
         allege that they were subjected to "unwanted sexual
         advances" by Rosa and that "top management new of the
         problem but did nothing to stop it."  Giants VP & General
         Counsel Jack Bair said in a statement that team has a
         "strong policy prohibiting sexual harassment," and that
         anyone who engages in it may be fired (S.F. EXAMINER, 4/8). 
         
    

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  • SWEET SOUNDS OF SPRINGTIME SONNETS; SUDLESS SOX IN HUB

              The Blue Jays' new marketing campaign, which targets
         women and children by projecting "a warm, caring image," is
         examined by Solange De Santis of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. 
         As part of the campaign, the Blue Jays are promoting
         players' links with charities through eight new PSAs,
         scheduling games earlier in the evening at 7:05pm ET "to
         avoid interfering with children's bedtimes" and running
         radio spots of players reciting poems about baseball. 
         Bensimon Byrne DMB&B Account Exec Graham Farrell, who
         handles the team's campaign: "We tried to endear the sport
         to a wider cross-section of the population than the male-
         age-18-to-55 community" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 4/9). 
              NO BEER ON GOOD FRIDAY, BEEF IS NO PROBLEM: With the
         Red Sox banning the sale of beer at their home opener
         tomorrow in observance of Good Friday and Passover, the WALL
         STREET JOURNAL's James Hirsch writes, "[N]ever before has
         [the team] been the subject of an ecclesiastical
         compromise."  Rev. Diane Kessler, Exec Dir of the MA Council
         of Churches: "In some ways, it's tokenism.  But then again,
         tokenism isn't all that bad in a society that isn't
         sufficiently mindful of religion" (WALL STREET JOURNAL,
         4/9).  In Providence, a JOURNAL-BULLETIN editorial supports
         the move, "[M]aybe a few other sudless games should be
         planned for the rest of the season" (JOURNAL-BULLETIN, 4/9).
    
    

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  • THE GREEN MACHINE: PACKERS' PROFITS TO EXCEED ALL-TIME MARK

              Just weeks after the Packers announced they had
         generated $24M from a public stock sale, Packers Corporate
         Treasurer John Underwood declared FY '97 as the team's "best
         ever," according to Tom Silverstein of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL
         SENTINEL. For the FY ended March 31, Underwood "anticipates"
         that profits will have exceeded the all-time mark of $5.8M
         set last year.  It will mark the third consecutive year that
         the Packers have pulled in more than $5M in profit, and will
         push their total take over that three-year period to around
         $17M.  Silverstein reports that in addition to the profits
         and money from the stock sale, the team has another $26M in
         cash reserves to use for signing players.  An increase in
         ticket prices accounted for an additional $1.7M this season,
         while road game revenue increased $1.1M and marketing
         generated an additional $1.5M, "mostly on the strength" of
         the Packers' victory in Super Bowl XXXI and increased local
         and national ad deals (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 4/9).
    
    

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  • TIM RIGAS NAMED CEO AS SABRES DISMISS PRESIDENT/CEO QUINN

              The Sabres have dismissed President & CEO Larry Quinn. 
         Empire Sports Network VP/GM Ron Bertovich will act as
         interim GM of Administration for the team, overseeing day-
         to-day non-hockey administration functions.  Sabres GM Darcy
         Regier will continue to lead the hockey department.  Both
         will report directly to new Sabres CEO Timothy Rigas, son of
         new Sabres Chair John Rigas.  John Rigas: "With new
         ownership ... comes different management philosophies"
         (Sabres).  Tim Rigas said the post of team president "will
         remain open for the time being" (BUFFALO NEWS, 4/9).
              REAX: In Buffalo, Jim Kelley wrote that Quinn, who won
         out "in a bitter struggle for power within the organization"
         to become President in November of '96, "had a controversial
         term."  Some 1,600 season tickets were not renewed after
         last season.  Quinn's "right hand man," Sabres Exec VP/
         Sports & Arena Operations Dan DiPofi, also resigned (BUFFALO
         NEWS, 4/8).  In Toronto, David Shoalts: "Quinn's tenure was
         marked by a series of public relations disasters, not all of
         them of his own making" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 4/9).  In
         Toronto, Damien Cox writes that Quinn's dismissal "may have
         ended the most contentious, hateful chapter in the history
         of this 28-year-old franchise" (TORONTO STAR, 4/9).
    
    

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