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Volume 24 No. 158

Franchises

     Rafeal Trujillo, a Giants season-ticket holder, has sued the
team over its policy requiring full payment for tickets "in a
season that may feature replacement players."  Season-ticket
holders who fail to pay and renew their tickets will lose their
seats.  Trujillo's attorneys said they will ask for a court order
prohibiting the Giants from demanding full payment for
replacement games (Dennis Opartnry, S.F. EXAMINER, 2/15).  The
"CBS Evening News" and ABC's "World News Tonight" both profiled
Trujillo's suit.  S.F. Board of Supervisors member Angela Alioto
said the board will "probably, with a unanimous vote, say 'it
[replacement baseball] is not going to happen at Candlestick
Park'" (CBS, 2/14).  ABC's Brian Rooney profiled Trujillo and the
policy of MLB teams who ask their season ticket holders to pay up
or lose their seats.  Rooney said fans are also suing in New
York, Miami and Dallas (ABC, 2/14).

     An official for the Spurs "confirmed that the organization
is exploring the idea of securing" an IHL franchise to play at
the Alamodome, according to this morning's SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-
NEWS.  Spurs VP of Business Operations Russ Bookbinder said the
team has looked "at all different opportunities."  Bookbinder:
"We looked at the CFL.  We looked at IHL hockey.  But there
really is nothing imminent."  IHL VP/Communications Tim Bryant
said a San Antonio group has expressed an interest in joining the
league, but he didn't know if the city would be added to the
league's expansion list for '95-96.  San Francisco and Orlando
have already been announced as new franchises for '95-96 (Briggs
& Griffin, SAN ANTONIO NEWS-EXPRESS, 2/15).

     "Just what do the mighty corporate owners of the Pirates
want?," asks Suzanne Elliot in the PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES.
They have a "qualified buyer" in Adelphia Communications Chair
John Rigas, but with the Rigas sale still pending, three current
owners "want to retain their stake" in the team.  Businessman
Eugene Litman, Carnegie Mellon University and PNC Bank Corp. are
all willing to be a part of any ownership group that Rigas puts
together.  The three current owners would strengthen Rigas' bid
and reduce the amount of cash he would need to buy the team.  In
discussing the potential losses of the current ownership group
(six companies, a university and three private investors), Elliot
writes that Pirate ownership "wants their money back -- with
interest.  It doesn't seem to matter if their corporate images
are tarnished in their hometown."  (PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES,
2/19 issue).