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Published May 19, 1998
THE HILLS ARE ALIVE FOR BROWNS? In Akron, Terry Pluto writes on Calvin Hill and Paul Warfield joining Isles co- Owner Howard Milstein on a possible Browns bid: "If they have the money, they might be irresistible to the NFL. ... [D]on't be surprised if they end up as the next owners of the Browns." Pluto adds that the "conservative" Hill and Warfield "don't make any moves without a great deal of thought and research. ... It's hard to imagine them joining any group that didn't have the bucks to pay the NFL's expansion ransom" (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 5/19). Also in Akron, Chris Tomasson writes on minority interest in the Browns under the sub-head, "Minority Ownership For New Browns Could Be More Than Mere Talk" (BEACON JOURNAL, 5/19). OTHER NOTES: In Miami, Cindy Krischer Goodman examined Florida Panthers Holdings (FPH) and wrote, "Though diversified, the bulk of its revenues now come from upscale hotel properties." FPH Chair Wayne Huizenga has abandoned "plans he once had to create a sports/entertainment empire. Now, all efforts are aimed at building a presence in the lodging industry. ... Next to go could be the company's name, Panthers Holdings officials said, to signal to Wall Street that the company wants to be a player in the resort business" (MIAMI HERALD, 5/17)....The current issue of BASEBALL AMERICA ranks MLB markets, listing the top three MLB cities as St. Louis, Boston and Chicago (Cubs). BASEBALL AMERICA also ranks the best minor league cities, naming Rochester, NY; Durham, NC; and Reading, PA as the top three, respectively (BASEBALL AMERICA, 5/25 issue).