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  • FRANCHISE NOTES

              In S.F., Matier & Ross cited sources who said that the
         A's are offering to drop their $48M claim against Oakland. 
         Matier & Ross wrote the A's, in return, are looking for a
         "couple of million in cash, and for their Coliseum landlords
         to release them from having to offer up the team for sale,"
         which they are required to do for a four-month window if
         they want to opt out of their current lease.  Matier & Ross:
         "So far, it's not exactly going over like gangbusters" (S.F.
         CHRONICLE, 6/29)....Bulls Chair Jerry Reinsdorf said Monday
         "that he intends to involve Michael Jordan in the team's
         search for a new coach, and has already discussed the matter
         with Jordan" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 6/30)....In Orange County,
         Kingsley & Garcia profiled the Padres' Hispanic marketing
         effort and wrote the team is "reaping dramatic results"
         (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 6/28).  In Baltimore, Peter Schmuck
         examines the efforts of Padres President Larry Lucchino to
         obtain a new ballpark for the team.  If such a move fails,
         the team could relocate to Northern VA, but Schmuck writes,
         "Sounds logical, until you talk to friends of the new, laid-
         back Larry, who have watched him embrace the Southern
         California lifestyle and doubt that he is all that eager to
         get back into the Washington rat race" (Balt. SUN, 6/30).
    
    

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  • HEART SURGERY FORCES LLEWELLYN OUT OF VIKINGS' PICTURE

              Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Chair J. Bruce
         Llewellyn "is scheduled to undergo heart surgery today and
         will not make a bid to buy the Vikings by the team's
         Wednesday deadline," according to Jerry Zgoda of the
         Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE.  Llewellyn was scheduled to meet
         with team owners last week, but his trip was postponed
         because he was admitted to a N.Y. hospital after meeting
         with NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue last Wednesday. 
         Llewellyn had proposed his bid through former Vikings CEO
         Mike Lynn, who said he would have owned "only a small part
         of the team" if Llewellyn had been successful.  Llewellyn's
         departure "presumably will leave Lynn out of the bidding
         picture" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 6/30).  The deadline for
         bids is 5:00pm Wednesday (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 6/30).
    
    

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  • TAGLIABUE PRAISES HOUSTON PLAN, IS CITY ONE UP ON L.A.?

              NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue "lauded" Houston
         leaders Monday "for their unified effort to get another
         team," according to John Williams of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. 
         Williams writes that such unity "is needed to show that
         Houston wants an NFL team, and it apparently places this
         city ahead of [L.A.], its chief competitor" for a 32nd NFL
         franchise.  Tagliabue: "The real measure of success of this
         meeting was that the progress and concrete plans we talked
         about today were beyond my imagination when I was here two
         years ago."  Following the meeting, local business exec Bob
         McNair said that he hopes Houston "pushes the NFL for a fast
         decision," to prevent L.A. from catching up on planning for
         its stadium (John Williams, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 6/30).
    
    

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  • THE MOTOR CITY ROLLS TO NO. 1 IN THE SPORTING NEWS' RANKINGS

              THE SPORTING NEWS named Detroit its "1998 Best Sports
         City."  TSN Managing Editor Bob Hille cited the Red Wings'
         back-to-back Stanley Cups, the Univ. of MI's national
         football title and the number of star athletes in the area
         as reasons for Detroit's top status.  Judging criteria
         ranged from success of the teams to fan attendance, as well
         as the quality of the cities' stadiums and arenas, weather
         and ownership stability.  The complete list of the "Best
         Sports Cities" can be found at www.sportingnews.com.
         Rounding out TSN's top 10 sports cities are: (2) Boston; (3)
         Dallas-Ft. Worth; (4) Chicago; (5) Denver; (6) Phila.; (7)
         N.Y.; (8) Miami-Fort Lauderdale; (9) S.F.-Oakland-San Jose;
         and (10) Baltimore-Washington DC (THE SPORTING NEWS, 7/6). 
    
    

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