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Volume 24 No. 157

Franchises

     The Celtics announced their ticket pricing schedule for the
'95-96 season yesterday.  Balcony seats will remain the same as
this season with the addition of more than 500 seats per game
specially priced at $10.  Also, in conjunction with Shawmut Bank,
5,000 seats will be set aside for giveaways for community-based
organizations.  Loge seats will increase to $50 and $60 (up $10-
11), center floor-area seats will increase to $70 (up $20) and
center section loge seats will increase to $68 (up $18).  Other
prices available for sale will either stay the same or go down
(Celtics).

     Twin Cities-investor Harvey Mackay, "a leader" in MN's bid
to bring the NHL to the Target Center, says there would be "an
excellent chance" of landing the Jets if they leave Winnipeg.
Mackay, who met with Jets officials last weekend, said yesterday
he believes the area could put together the $75M the team could
cost (Vancouver PROVINCE, 4/25).
     STOP FOR MOOSE:  If the Jets leave Winnipeg for the MN,
"suggestions have been made" that the IHL Minnesota Moose move to
Winnipeg, according to this morning's WINNIPEG FREE PRESS.  Kelly
Taylor reports that IHL spokesperson Tim Bryant said "that
wouldn't be a bad idea. ... Moving would probably be the right
thing for the Moose to do if the NHL moved into their market."
However, Bryant said there has been no interest from Winnipeg
(WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 4/25).

     The NBA will reportedly "rework the schedule for closing the
expansion agreement" and grant "full membership" to the Raptors
and Grizzlies.  The original agreement included a provision tying
acceptance of the teams to a new CBA with the players
association.  Delays in the deal would have kept the teams from
signing players, participating in the draft, and "possibly
playing at all" during their first season.  At the NBA Board of
Governors meeting in New York this week, the league is expected
to set a date for full payment of the expansion fee (US$112.5M),
likely May 11, and give the new teams the "green light" to
participate in the expansion and college drafts.  This "twist is
certainly not good news" to those expecting a quick settlement to
labor talks (Neil Campbell, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 4/25).
     ARENA ON TRACK:  When all the "rhetoric cooled yesterday,"
the Raptors' arena plans were back on track, according to reports
in Toronto this morning.  The City Council voted to have the
developer and city planning staff reach a compromise on the
project and report to the land use committee by May 18 (Don
Wanages, TORONTO SUN, 4/25).

     Orlando's IHL team, which will begin play next season, has
yet to decide on a name.  Finalists are Solar Bears and
Barracudas.  The team is expected to make an announcement within
two weeks (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 4/25).