SBD/2/Franchises

FRANCHISE NOTES

          The Seahawks have sold 50,000 season tickets this
     season, increasing their base from an all-time low of 31,000
     in '96 (Seahawks)....In Long Beach, Scott French reported
     that the MLS Galaxy, recently acquired by Philip Anschutz,
     will use the NHL Kings, Lakers and Staples Center marketing
     departments, their relationship with Fox Sports and the
     Dodgers to help promote the team.  Galaxy President Tim
     Leiweke: "We're dedicated to making sure the Galaxy is as
     important to the community and as successful as the Dodgers,
     Lakers and Kings" (Long Beach PRESS-TELEGRAM, 11/1)....The
     Columbus, OH, market was profiled by Frank Fitzpatrick of
     the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER who cited "a rapidly expanding
     university, a growing and increasingly diverse population,
     and a longtime hunger for a professional franchise" as a
     reason it is the newest "sports boom town" (PHILADELPHIA
     INQUIRER, 11/1)....In Pittsburgh, Jan Cerminara of Pool &
     Spa Outlet, which did $2,960.77 worth of work for the
     Penguins: "They had to know they were going to file for
     bankruptcy when they asked us to do the work.  I feel like
     we were scammed" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 10/31). 
     
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