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              The Clippers and KXTA-AM are business partners, with
         the team buying the time for the station to carry its games
         at a cost of $4,000 per game, according to Larry Stewart of
         the L.A. TIMES.  But the team wasn't "too pleased" with the
         station's "latest publicity stunt" of having a station
         employee living atop a billboard, "vowing to stay there
         until the team won."  One Clippers exec: "The whole thing
         has been fraught with bad taste.  And handled very badly
         from a partnership standpoint."  But the Clippers took care
         of the situation with last night's win (L.A. TIMES, 3/12).

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              NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman met with prospective and
         current owners of the Penguins yesterday in N.Y.  The
         meetings will continue today.  Bettman met with team co-
         Owners Roger Marino and Howard Baldwin, Mario Lemieux and a
         potential new investor Harvey Gainey, who owns MI-based
         Gainey Transportation Services and lives in Grand Rapids
         (POST-GAZETTE, 3/12)....In Montreal, Jack Todd writes, "It
         is all but inevitable now: the Expos will be sold and moved. 
         This will be their final season in Montreal."  Todd adds
         that Expos President & General Partner Claude Brochu "has
         taken the final steps" to end baseball in Montreal "by being
         his intractable, niggling, difficult, suspicious,
         mendacious, evasive self" (GAZETTE, 3/12)....Red Sox CEO
         John Harrington, on a possible Expos move to the AL and a
         relocation to the DC/VA area: "It's definitely a problem
         putting another AL team in the Washington area. ...  The
         preferable thing may be to have Montreal move to Charlotte,
         ... and not impair Baltimore" (USA TODAY, 3/12)....The ECHL
         Charlotte Checkers will wear tie-dyed uniforms on "Retro
         Jersey Night" for Saturday's game against the Pee Dee Pride. 
         The jerseys will also have peace symbols and happy faces on
         the shoulders (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 3/7).    

    Print | Tags: AEG, Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rapids, ECHL, Franchises, NHL, Pittsburgh Penguins

              On the eve of the NFL finance committee's meeting in
         Phoenix to decide whether to recommend Howard Milstein's
         $800M bid for the Redskins, Heath, Shapiro & Clarke write in
         a WASHINGTON POST front-page report that Milstein "has yet
         to be embraced by the league's inner circle."  By asking
         Milstein to restructure his bid twice already and "raising
         the threshold" that he must meet to buy the team, league
         officials "are increasingly giving the impression that they
         simply don't want him in their club."  The league's actions
         have caused observers to wonder "whether NFL officials are
         dealing in good faith" with the Milstein group, "or
         deliberately complicating the transaction in hopes of
         driving them away."  NFL VP/Communications Greg Aiello said
         yesterday that "no new demands or requirements have been
         presented to the Milstein group this week."  Aiello: "That
         notion is false.  We are working with the Milstein group."
         Milstein's bid "still faces question" because "some owners
         worry Milstein is too litigious," while others "fear he
         might become too much of a maverick and would challenge the
         NFL's long-held business practice of sharing most of its
         revenue."  Steelers President Dan Rooney said he still has
         concerns about financing and the "kind of partner [Milstein]
         would be."  Rooney: "I'd like some assurances that he
         believes in the operation of the league, the way we do
         business."  Another owner called Milstein "confrontational,"
         and said "you want to be able to respect your partner and
         trust him."  Williams & Connolly attorney Mark Levinstein,
         who has represented owners in disputes with the league:
         "They [the NFL] anticipate litigation.  They want to bounce
         this proposed owner, and they want to create a record on
         which they can base the refusal" (WASHINGTON POST, 3/12).
              DELAY OF GAME? In DC, Snider & Fisher report that the
         owners' vote on the sale of the Redskins "might be delayed"
         if Milstein can't reorganize his bid in time for Saturday's
         finance committee meeting.  Also, attorneys for the estate
         of Jack Kent Cooke have told Redskins President John Kent
         Cooke not to attend the meetings (WASHINGTON TIMES, 3/12).

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