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Published September 17, 1998
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).