Group Created with Sketch.
Volume 24 No. 112

Franchises

     Sacramento Gold Miners owner Fred Anderson announced
yesterday he will move the team after this season because efforts
to build a new stadium have failed.  Anderson was granted the
franchise with the "understanding" that the team would move out
of the 24,000-seat Hornet Field.  Anderson blames the facility
for his $10M loss in the team's two years and said without
"support from the politicians and dang little from business" he
cannot stay.  Anderson is considering three sites, but CFL
Commissioner Larry Smith "expects" the team to go to Oakland
calling a stadium lease a "key" element.  However, Oakland
Alameda County Supervisor Ron Perata was recently quoted as
saying the CFL is "just a little ahead of tractor pulls, roller-
blade hockey, and arena football -- and with them, you're just a
valley town" (CANADIAN PRESS/WINNIPEG SUN, 10/25).

     Despite the uncertainty concerning the start of the '95
season, the Expos have commenced their ticket marketing campaign
for next season.  The team recently sent letters to season-ticket
holders in which they warned subscribers to "pay half the cost of
a season ticket by November 15" in order to "avoid unpleasant
surprises."  Many fans felt the letter implied that if their
deposit was not in by November 15, then their ticket could be
taken away and given to someone else looking to upgrade.  Mitch
Melnick, a sports talk-show host on CIQC Radio in Montreal said
that area fans are upset: "There's no way they should treat
people like that" (Danny Gallagher, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 10/25).
     TORONTO:  Blue Jays Stadium and Ticket Operations Dir George
Holm said that the Blue Jays plan to take a "wait-and-see
attitude" before marketing '95 season tickets.  Holm: "We see no
point in putting tickets on sale."  Holm added that if an
agreement is not met by December 1, that the team will probably
decide then whether to proceed with a ticket campaign or continue
to wait (GLOBE & MAIL, 10/25).

     The Raptors have joined the Clippers as the only two NBA
teams considering an application for an IHL franchise.  Raptors
spokesperson Tom Mayenknecht said that the team has "preliminary"
interest in purchasing an IHL club, but added that a hockey club
could not be acquired until the completion of a arena -- which
could be at least three years from now.  Mayenknecht also said
that team officials are speaking with other leagues, such as
arena football and indoor soccer (Chris Young, TORONTO STAR,
10/25).