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01/28/97
HOUSTON MAYOR PUTS KIBOSH ON OILERS OFFER OF PRACTICE SITE

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Tags: Edmonton Oilers, Franchises

01/28/97
HILTON TO SHED SPORTS HOLDINGS IF ITT TAKEOVER SUCCEEDS

Hilton Hotels Corp. launched a "hostile takeover bid" for rival ITT Corp. valued at $55/share in stock and cash, or $6.5B, plus the assumption of $4B in debt, according to Lipin & Orwall of the WALL S

Tags: Cablevision, Comcast-Spectacor, Franchises, Madison Square Garden, New York Knicks, Viacom

01/28/97
FRANCHISE NOTES

In L.A., Ross Newhan looks at the Dodgers sale by examining the aftermath of the five most recently sold MLB teams, including the Pirates, Padres, Cardinals, A''s and Angles (L.A. TIMES, 1/28)....N.Y.

Tags: CFL, Franchises, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, NBA, News Corp./Fox, NikeTown, Oakland Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres

01/27/97
VIKINGS TO ADJUST OWNERSHIP ACCORDING TO LEAGUE RULES

Saints Owner and NFL Finance Committee Chair Tom Benson said the Vikings'' ten owners have signed an agreement guaranteeing that one of the ten will own at least 30% of the team, according to Sid Hart

Tags: Franchises, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, NFL

01/27/97
FRANCHISE NOTES

Bankrupt uranium trader Oren Benton has offered to buy his major assets out of bankruptcy court for $110M, including a 23% share of the Rockies (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 1/25)....In Charlotte, Panthers Ow

Tags: Colorado Rockies, ESPN, Franchises, Golden State Warriors, Houston Astros, New Orleans Saints, NFL, San Diego Padres, Time Warner, Walt Disney

01/27/97
THE ROLE OF BRONCOS OWNER PAT BOWLEN EXAMINED IN DENVER

The image of Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen and his role in the team''s campaign for a new stadium is examined by Rick Morrissey of the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS. Bowlen is asking taxpayers in a six-county area t

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Denver Broncos, Franchises, NFL

01/24/97
SENATORS COO ASHE MAKES SWITCH FROM HOCKEY TO HIGH-TECH

Senators COO Bernie Ashe is leaving the team to return to the technology industry. He will join Ottawa-based AIT Corp. as its VP/Sales. Ashe joined the Senators'' parent company, Terrace Corp., in ''9

Tags: Franchises, Ottawa Senators

01/24/97
FRANCHISE NOTES

Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen said that, despite some earlier reports, orange will remain be a "big part" of the team''s new uniforms. Bowlen: "Orange will still be the predominant color. ... We''re not ab

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Blackhawks, Denver Broncos, Franchises, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Canucks Sports and Entertainment, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks

01/23/97
ISLANDERS SALE TO SPANO COMPLETE; AWAITS NHL APPROVAL

Upon the announcement of the completion of the sale of the Islanders to TX-businessman John Spano, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said an approval vote by the NHL Board of Governors may come in "less t

Tags: Franchises, New York Islanders, NHL

01/23/97
HOUSTON MAYOR LANIER HOLDS OILERS TO ASTRODOME LEASE

Houston Mayor Bob Lanier said Wednesday that "he sees no reason" why the NFL Oilers should be allowed to leave town early without the city or Harris County "getting something in return," according to

Tags: Anheuser Busch, Edmonton Oilers, Franchises, NFL

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