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COLUMNIST SAYS LINDROS IS CRITICAL TO FLYERS' SUITE SALES

          While the debate continues over whether the Flyers
     should trade Eric Lindros, columnist Timothy Dwyer reports
     that both Lindros' contract and the leases for many of the
     CoreStates Center's luxury suites expire after next season. 
     Flyers Chair Ed Snider: "I don't care about marketing when it
     comes to our season ticket holders and suite (owners).  I
     care about winning."  The arena's 126 suites go for $75,000-
     $150,000, and many of them are on a three-year lease.  Dwyer
     writes that about "a dozen" have not been leased, which
     "means there is no waiting list -- except, perhaps, for a few
     suites in prime locations."  Dwyer: "But the fact that a
     dozen boxes have yet to be leased two years into the life of
     the building shows that the market is close to being tapped
     out. ... So it is no surprise that Snider wants to sign
     Lindros to a long-term deal."  Most of Comcast-Spectacor's
     income "is derived from three sources -- luxury boxes,
     broadcasting and marketing.  And Lindros is the force that
     drives all three."  But Snider said, "I don't operate that
     way.  We operate one way, and that is to do everything that
     is humanly possible to win" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 5/8).

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