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FRANCHISE NOTES

          49ERS: According to a source, federal prosecutors
     "outlined a series of bribery and racketeering charges they
     say puts former [LA] Gov. Edwin Edwards at the center of a
     sprawling conspiracy to illegally influence the awarding of
     Louisiana riverboat casino licenses."  The source also said
     that 49ers Owner Edward DeBartolo Jr. is "notably absent
     from the list of people prosecutors said would be indicted,"
     but prosecutors declined requests to reveal DeBartolo's
     status (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 9/15).
          MLB: Minneapolis attorney Clark Griffith's offer to buy
     the Twins is for $110M, but not all in cash.  Sources say
     the offer is about $30M less than what Owner Carl Pohlad is
     asking.  In related news, WCCO-AM has retained the rights to
     Twins broadcasts for the next two years.  Sources say the
     deal is for $3M in cash (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 9/17)....  
     Fans at Sunday's Devil Rays game who donate $1 to the
     Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) will get an envelope to
     see if they've won a Devil Rays game jersey.  MDA volunteers
     will have 100,000 envelopes and will sell them from 10:35am
     through the sixth inning (ST. PETE TIMES, 9/17)....Giants
     Managing General Partner Peter Magowan, asked if he's
     disappointed that the team drew less than 2 million fans in
     '98: "A little bit, but again, we were 15 games (over .500)
     at the All-Star break.  If we had continued to play like
     that we would have hit 2 million" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 9/16).
           
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