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Volume 24 No. 156

Franchises

     NHL Oilers Owner Peter Pocklington is "seriously
considering" buying the CFL Eskimos, according to Cam Cole of
SOUTHAM NEWS.  Cole writes that Pocklington "wouldn't mind being
the baron of all pro sport in his town."  Pocklington, who also
owns the AAA Trappers:  "I've got the infrastructure totally in
place, from concessions to management to promotions to contacts
in the concert business.  The Eskimos, quite frankly, would just
be an offshoot of all that" (SOUTHAM/CALGARY HERALD, 2/25).

     "Takeover rumors continue to bubble around John Labatt
Ltd.," according to the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL.  Earlier this
month, there were rumors that Danish brewer Carlsberg was buying
Labatt stock with an eye toward a takeover.  But the latest buzz
has Onex Corp., specialists at leverage buyouts, interested in
Labatt.  Entertainment industry sources report talk that Onex
might be interested in buying Labatt's entertainment and
production operations alone -- which include interest in TSN, the
Blue Jays and SkyDome.  Labatt had been trying to spin off the
entertainment assets into a public company, but those plans have
"apparently been put on hold" (Matthew Ingram, Toronto GLOBE &
MAIL, 2/25).