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FRANCHISE NOTES

          CONGLOMERATES: SI's Tom Verducci examines the Marlins-
     Dodgers trade and notes that talks began when Fox TV CEO
     Chase Carey called Marlins President Don Smiley about Wayne
     Huizenga's SportsChannel FL.  The Marlins "are one of only
     six" MLB teams for which Fox doesn't have local broadcasting
     rights.  Asked if there was a possible connection between
     the trade and Fox's interest in Huizenga's RSN, Fox Sports
     Senior VP/Media Relations Vince Wladika said, "If anyone is
     looking for some smoking gun, they will be looking for 500
     years.  It just doesn't exist.  There's no connection
     whatsoever."  MLB Acting Commissioner Bud Selig: "The long
     tentacles of media conglomerates are something that we have
     to watch very carefully.  We watched this (trade) very
     closely, and there's no evidence of any link" (SI, 5/25).
     ...In Ft. Worth, T.R. Sullivan examines Disney's ownership
     of the Angels: "So far, Disney has run the Angels like the
     corporate giant it is, seemingly more concerned about the
     financial ledger and corporate image than the division
     standings.  Disney seems to lack the reckless passion for
     winning associated with George Steinbrenner, Peter Angelos
     or Ted Turner" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 5/22).
          NOTES: In N.Y., Gerald Eskenazi reports that sales of
     equipment with the Jets' new retro logo "have taken off." 
     Last year, the Jets were in the bottom third of leaguewide
     sales, "but now they are among the top dozen in the league"
     (N.Y. TIMES, 5/22)....Top of the Third Inc., a company
     comprised of former Dodgers Owner Peter O'Malley's three
     children and the 10 children of his sister, Terry Seidler,
     has purchased the Stockton Ports, the Brewers' affil in the
     single-A California League.  The Stockton Record put the
     purchase price at $1.75M (AP/ESPN SportsZone, 5/21)....The
     Eagles have exercised their option with Lehigh Univ., the
     site of the team's '96, '97 and '98 training camps, to
     return to the school during the summer of '99 (Eagles).
     ....The A's and the League of Women Voters will host a
     mayoral candidate forum prior to the A's game vs. the O's
     tomorrow (A's)....Former Knicks & Spurs F Charles Smith has
     become a part owner of the USBL CT Skyhawks (USBL). 

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