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FRANCHISE NOTES

          In Toronto, Jim Proudfoot reported that the Maple Leafs
     have created a "new schedule of bonuses, paid to every
     participant on the roster and tied to collective team
     achievements."  Payoffs "will be provided across the board
     for shutouts, victories by a one-goal margin, defeats turned
     into ties -- and for defensive statistics, objectives
     obtained and division titles and playoff rounds won."  The
     Maple Leafs' Bill Watters said that the team would continue
     to provide bonuses for employees who earn individual NHL
     recognition.  Watters: "This program may or may not have a
     positive effect, though we strongly believe it will"
     (TORONTO STAR, 6/6)....In L.A., Mark Heisler reported that
     Lakers Exec VP Jerry West "is reconsidering his retirement
     and might stay another season."  One source said, "I think
     Jerry is going to end up staying as a consultant, rather
     than running things day to day as he has been" (L.A. TIMES,
     6/7)....T-Wolves Owner Glen Taylor: "Yes, we did show a
     profit this year" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 6/7)....Orioles
     Owner Peter Angelos dismisses talk of his buying the
     Redskins, but he added, "If the opportunity arose, who
     knows?"  In other news, Angelos confirmed that he will enter
     into partnership with Cal Ripken in the new restaurant to
     built alongside Camden Station (Baltimore SUN, 6/7)....In
     DC, single-game tickets for the Stanley Cup Finals sold out
     on Thursday, but the Capitals' advanced sales office "is
     still holding about 1,000 tickets for fans who purchase a
     partial season-ticket plan for next season" (WASHINGTON
     POST, 6/6). ...In Boston, Will McDonough wrote, "Smart
     people say the price of the new NFL franchise in Cleveland
     will be $800 million" (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/6).

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