SBD/24/Franchises

FRANCHISE NOTES

          NO KING GEORGE HERE: In K.C., a source close to George
     and Bobby Brett discounted a report in Tuesday's K.C. STAR
     that said the Bretts turned down an offer to join the Lamar
     Hunt-Western Resources bid for the Royals, in part because
     the group wouldn't agree to appoint George Brett the team's
     president and MLB rep: "What's really preposterous is the
     notion that George would want to be the official rep to
     major-league baseball.  Can you imagine George wanting to
     show up at all these league meetings, briefcase in hand,
     wanting to sit next to the George Steinbrenners and the Ted
     Turners and the Jerry Reinsdorfs?" (K.C. STAR, 6/24).  
          BILLS DUE: The Bills "are barely halfway" toward
     reaching their goal of $11M in luxury seat sales, and are
     expressing "disappointment" that Rochester-area businesses
     are standing on the sidelines.  Bills VP/Operations Bill
     Munson and Rochester Chamber of Commerce President Thomas
     Mooney were scheduled to meet with area media yesterday to
     drum up support.  The Bills have until December 1 to reach
     their $11M goal.  So far, they have secured $5.4M "in paid-
     up revenue" (Rochester DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE, 6/23).
          NOTES: Yesterday, the A's drew a season-high 45,169 for
     their interleague game against the Giants (S.F. CHRONICLE,
     6/24).  Both teams, in conjunction with Fox Sports Bay Area
     and JCPenney, will award 30,000 tickets this summer to
     students with perfect attendance (S.F. CHRONICLE, 6/24).
     ...In Chicago, "several dozen bus loads" of Indians fans
     helped the Cubs draw 39,006 on Wednesday.  Cubs 1B Mark
     Grace: "They have kind of a cult following like Deadheads"
     (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 6/24)....In Miami, Marlins fan Jan Bohan
     has set up a program called "Fans for Kids" to distribute
     unused Marlins tickets to children.  Bohan said she grew
     "sick of the negativity" surrounding the team and wanted to
     see kids use the ducats (MIAMI HERALD, 6/24)....In Denver,
     Vicki Michaelis reports that the Clippers "have shifted from
     their earlier stance of making" Mike Bibby the top pick in
     tonight's NBA Draft.  Clippers Owner Donald Sterling met
     with Bibby's agent, David Falk, on Tuesday, and league
     sources said that the meeting "made Sterling more mad than
     anything."  Michaelis: "Falk no doubt reminded Sterling of
     his considerable influence in the NBA" (DENVER POST, 6/24). 
     
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