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FRANCHISE NOTES

          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).    

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