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In Expected Move, Judge Rules Against N.J.'s Sports Gambling Bid

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U.S. District Court Judge Michael Shipp on Friday night ruled that the state of New Jersey "cannot partially lift a prohibition on sports betting in an effort to boost the state’s struggling horse racing and casino industries." The decision "was the expected outcome, since the judg...

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TAKING SIDES ON THE BATTLE FOR THE NHL IN HOUSTON

The "three-way battle" between Rockets Owner Leslie Alexander, IHL Aeros Owner Chuck Watson and "darkhorse candidate" Gavin Maloof to bring an NHL expansion franchise to Houston, is examined by Fran B

Tags: Franchises, Houston Rockets, NBA, NHL

10/18/96
ORIOLES' MALONE SAYS TEAM MAY TAKE ACTION AGAINST HIRSCHBECK

Orioles Assistant GM Kevin Malone said the club is preparing a case that "ultimately will prove" AL umpire John Hirschbeck provoked Roberto Alomar into spitting on him, according to Marty York of the

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Franchises

10/18/96
IN PORTLAND, WHO NEEDS TWO?

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Tags: Franchises, NBA, Portland Trail Blazers, Vulcan Ventures

10/18/96
FRANCHISE NOTES

Citing "burnout," Mavericks VP/Basketball Ops Keith Grant resigned yesterday. However, a source close to Grant said he had become "disillusioned" by the team''s new ownership and its "chain of command

Tags: Dallas Mavericks, Franchises, Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, NHL, Southwest Sports Group

10/18/96
DOES INDY NEED COLTS MORE THAN COLTS NEED INDY?

If not for the Colts, Marion County, IN annual economy would decline by "at least" $37.5M, according to a report prepared by Coopers & Lybrand, commissioned by the Indianapolis Professional Sports and

Tags: Franchises, Indiana Pacers, Indianapolis Colts

10/17/96
N.Y. POST REPORTS SALE OF ISLANDERS TO SPANO "CLOSER"

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Tags: Franchises, New York Islanders, NHL

10/17/96
NBA OWNERS ON ICE, PART II: SHINN EYES VA AND CAROLINA SITES

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Tags: Franchises, New Orleans Pelicans, NHL

10/17/96
NBA OWNERS ON ICE, PART I: ALEXANDER JOINS HOUSTON'S CHASE

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Tags: Franchises, Houston Rockets, NBA, NHL

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T'WOLVES ROLLING THE DICE WITH NEW SPONSORSHIP DEAL?

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FRANCHISE NOTES

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Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, ESPN, Franchises, MLS, New York Islanders, Walt Disney

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