As their new training facility in Chesterfield, MO, is not
complete, the Blues have announced they will hold training camp
at the New England Sports Center in Marlboro, MA, the official
training center of the AHL Worcester IceCats
(IceCats)....Washington Sports President Susan O'Malley announced
in a statement Friday that Capitals individual game tickets are
now on sale with no increase in price from last year
(Capitals)....While the issue is still at the SC Supreme Court, a
lower court judge ruled Friday that permits to sell beer be
issued to vendors at Panthers games in Clemson (mult.,
9/10)....Sid Hartman writes in the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE
prospects are "very good" that Richard Burke will own the Jets
before the '95-96 season opens. Hartman also notes there is a
"good possibility" some Jets games this season will be played at
the Target Center (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 9/9).
NFLPA Asst Exec Dir Doug Allen said they are watching the
dispute between the Raiders and the NFL over the distribution of
PSL revenue "with great interest," according to the SAN JOSE
MERCURY NEWS. Allen: "I think the NFL and the players
association have a similar view of how this money should be
treated. I don't think; I know." The union takes the league's
side because only shared ticket revenue is used in calculating
the salary cap. Raiders attorney Joseph Alioto says the owners
knew Davis wasn't going to share the money when they approved the
move: "Al made it clear he was not going to pay any fee for
moving to Oakland, no matter what rubric or name it's put under.
They accepted that commitment from him, and now they've
repudiated that comment" (Barry Witt, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS,
Yesterday's Oilers-Steelers game at the Astrodome was the
first since a preseason game last month was cancelled due to poor
field conditions, and also the first since Oilers Owner Bud Adams
began negotiating to move the team to Nashville. According to
the HOUSTON CHRONICLE, Oilers fans had signs at the game
imploring Adams to keep the team in town. Among the signs were
"Keep the Oilers in Houston," and "Welcome to Your HOME, Oilers."
Some vented when Astros Owner/Astrodome landlord Drayton McLane
inspected the field pre-game. Fans cheered McLane with some
yelling, "Buy the Oilers!" (John Lopez, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 9/11).
FROM NASHVILLE: Two downtown sites are "on the inside track"
to become the location of Nashville's proposed stadium, according
to the Nashville TENNESSEAN. Bill Carey writes that real estate
experts favor downtown because of the "existing infrastructure"
and the potential economic impact (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 9/9).
CFL Memphis Mad Dogs Managing Partner & Coach Pepper Rodgers has
declined to let the Oilers play in his team's home, the Liberty
Bowl, should they move to TN (Jeff Legwold, Nashville,
William Collins, who leads a group of investors from
Northern VA looking to bring MLB to the area, says baseball
should arrive soon, according to USA TODAY. Collins: "I've told
people in our organization to plan for us beginning play here in
1996." Collins is targeting the Pirates, who last week gave
newspaper heir Kevin McClatchy 10 days to come up with an
ownership plan to keep the team in Pittsburgh. Collins, on the
Pirates ownership group and his plans: "They've exhausted their
alternatives. We have people here who can write checks for $80
to $100 million tomorrow" (Ben Brown, USA TODAY, 9/11). In
Boston, Peter Gammons notes that there are "interested parties"
in Orlando, but the NL doesn't want the Pirates to move there, as
it would over-saturate FL and hurt the Devil Rays before they
even start playing (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/10).