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FRANCHISE NOTES

          BASKETBALL: A seat "near the rafters" for last night's
     Pacers-Bulls Game Seven was selling for $750 outside United
     Center.  Courtside seats were going for around $7,000 (Steve
     Aschburner, Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 6/1)....The WNBA
     Liberty drew 12,399 to the Sunday's preseason game against
     the Mystics, including 3,000 Girl Scouts (N.Y. TIMES, 6/1).
          NFL: In St. Paul, Charley Walters wrote that Marc
     Ganis, who repped Tom Clancy's failed Vikings bid,
     "telephoned Vikings owners to apologize for the embarrassing
     mess in which he left them" (PIONEER PRESS, 5/31)....In
     Cleveland, Tony Grossi wrote that N.Y. developer Howard
     Milstein "tried to recruit" Step2 Founder Thomas Murdough to
     his Browns ownership group, but was "rebuffed."  Murdough is
     also forming a bid group and said he wants "total Cleveland
     involvement."  In addition, the NFL has "stopped sales" of
     luxury suites at Cleveland Stadium until an owner is named. 
     About 12 to 14 suites will be left unsold, because the NFL
     "is preoccupied with selecting the owner, and the league
     wants to reserve a number of suites for the owner to sell at
     his discretion" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 5/31). 

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