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FRANCHISE NOTES

          For the second straight year, the Mavericks will not
     raise ticket prices (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 6/5)....Sixty-five
     Eagles staff members, along with 31 players, helped students
     from five area schools put together playground equipment and
     set it in place at the Eagles Unity Playground, six blocks
     from Veterans Stadium (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 6/5).
     ...Prospective Lightning Owner Art Williams met with the NHL
     Exec Committee in New York on Thursday, and when the meeting
     ended, "several members of the committee, composed of team
     owners, told him 'Welcome aboard.'"  The official vote on
     his ownership comes June 25, but Williams "expects the vote
     to be 'no more than a formality.'"  Williams: "I think the
     meeting went very, very well" (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 6/5).
     ...In Chicago, Michael Sneed reports that Bulls F Scottie
     Pippen "is singing his swan song at a party he is planning
     June 17 ... [which is] being billed as 'The Last Dance' and
     it's supposed to be the current Bulls' last goodbye event." 
     Sneed: "It's done" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 6/5)....The ECHL
     Greenville Grrrowl announced the formation of a health care
     partnership with the Greenville Hospital System (Grrrowl).

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