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Volume 24 No. 137


     Despite an October 31 letter telling PSL holders the Oakland
Coliseum box office would open at 9:00am, between 700 and 900
Raiders' season ticket holders left "disgusted at another
marketing scheme gone haywire," according to Robert Salladay in
the OAKLAND TRIBUNE.  Fans were led to believe they could buy
extra tickets for the Cowboys game and that the box office would
open at 9:00, one hour before tickets went on sale at 145
Northern CA BASS outlets.  However, the Coliseum box office did
not open until 10:00, the same time BASS started.  While 14,000
tickets were sold, only three fans got tickets at the Coliseum.
The move was designed to boost PSL sales, but Oakland Football
Marketing Assoc. chief Ezra Rapport admitted, "It was obvious we
screwed up" (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 11/10).

     Astros Owner Drayton McLane said he is examining every
possible way to keep the team in Houston and flatly denied a
Houston Chronicle report he was intending to sue MLB and place
the franchise in bankruptcy.  McLane:  "Never, in my 34 years of
business, have I ever personally initiated a lawsuit.  That is
not the way to handle disputes."  He has a press conference
scheduled for 11:00am CST today to announce his plans for the '96
season (Astros).
     WHAT'LL HE SAY:  In Houston, John William writes it is still
"unclear" whether or not McLane will try to move the team to
Northern VA (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 11/10).  In DC, Maske & Lipton
writes McLane will announce he is going to remain in Houston for
'96, staying on a "one-year trial basis" because he doesn't think
he has the votes to approve the move (WASHINGTON POST, 11/10).
That is echoed by broadcast reports in Houston this morning

     McDonald's Restaurants of Northeast Ohio, which represents
the owners and operators of 257 area McDonald's restaurants, has
asked Browns Owner Art Modell to remove all McDonald's signs from
Cleveland Stadium.  The company is also airing an open letter of
protest on 55 local radio stations.  Spokesperson William Stern
said a petition will be posted in all of the group's restaurants
asking the league to leave the name "Browns" in Cleveland.
Cleveland's Rapid Transit Authority also pulled its $50,000 ad
campaign, oining pharmacy chain Revco and the Ohio Lottery.  The
Lottery's Browns ad budget was $350,000.  Also, Papa John's is
looking for a way to get out of its commitment to advertise on
Browns' radio broadcasts, and WOIO-TV will pull its three Browns-
related programs (Mary Ethridge, Akron BEACON JOURNAL, 11/10).
Coors, which ran a retail sweepstakes, sponsored give-aways and
advertised with the Browns, will seek to identify "the next best
alternatives" in the market (Becky Yerak, Cleveland PLAIN DEALER,
     DON'T GIVE UP THE FIGHT:  The U.S. Senate Judiciary
Committee's subcommittee on antitrust, business rights and
competition has scheduled a hearing for November 29 on the
Browns' move (AP/Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 11/10).  OH Sen. John
Glenn said he will file the "Fans Rights Act," which would
require any team looking to move to give the hometown 120 days
notice so the community could prepare a counter-offer.  Glenn's
bill would also add a "limited exemption" to antitrust law so the
NFL could enforce its guidelines for allowing teams to move
(Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 11/9).  Cleveland Mayor Michael White
said they had uncovered signs that Modell planned to move the
team to Baltimore, perhaps as early as '84.  White has asked when
the name "Baltimore Browns" was incorporated (WASHINGTON TIMES,
     THE VOTE:  Yesterday's PLAIN DEALER indicates Bills Owner
Ralph Wilson and Patriots Owner Robert Kraft have reconsidered
their initial opposition, and will vote to approve (Cleveland
PLAIN DEALER, 11/9).  Wilson:  "We're killing ourselves. ... You
think human nature is any different in the NFL than in baseball"
(S.F. CHRONICLE, 11/10).  Modell, in this week's SI:  "When I lay
out my losses and my lack of support from the city, they'll see I
have a far greater justification for moving than any team that's
tried to move in the NFL.  They'd be insane to vote against me"
(Peter King, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, 11/13 issue).   "Inside the
NFL's" Gary Myers said, while owners are unhappy with the move,
Modell was "very persuasive ... to the point that a few owners
told me they went into that meeting thinking they were going to
vote against the move, but came out actually feeling sorry for
Modell" (HBO, 11/9).

     The Minnesota "Fighting Pike" will be the name of the newest
team in the Arena Football League.  Pike President Tom Scallen:
"This isn't just about high-speed, in-your-face football action,
it's about saving an entire generation on Minnesota's game fish
from becoming shore lunch" (Fighting Pike)....Celtics Owner Paul
Gaston told Boston's WBZ-TV he has not abandoned the idea of
suing the Wall Street Journal for its report that cocaine
contributed to the death of Reggie Lewis (BOSTON GLOBE,
11/9)....COMSAT Entertainment Group, which owns the Nuggets and
Avalanche, has changed its name to Ascent Entertainment Group
Inc. (Comsat).

     Bullets Owner Abe Pollin announced yesterday he will change
the name of the team for the '97-98 season, to coincide with the
move to the new MCI Center in downtown DC.  The Boston Market
"Rename the Bullets" contest will be a chance for the fans to
participate in the process.  Fans will be able to submit name
suggestions at any of the over 50 DC and Baltimore area Boston
Market locations.  Prizes include a Grand Prize of a trip for two
to the Bullets-Magic in Orlando and two season tickets for the
'96-97 or '97-98 seasons.  Media partners include WRC-TV, The
Washington Post, HTS, WBDC-TV and WTEM-AM, WHUR-FM, V-103-FM, and
Heaven 600 AM in Baltimore.  The name change will go hand-in-hand
with a new Bullets Anti-Violence Campaign running in conjunction
with the NBA's Stay in School program (Bullets).
     THE FINAL WORD:  After five finalits are selected, fans will
then be invited to vote via a 1-900 number.  Proceeds from calls
will go to the anti-violence campaign, according to the
WASHINGTON POST.  Richard Justice notes that Pollin and his staff
"retain the right" to pick the final new name, and a timetable
for the final announcement of a new name will be made sometime
next year (WASHINGTON POST, 11/10).

     "It is not too late for Mayor Bob Lanier, County Judge Bob
Eckels and the Greater Houston Partnership to put something on
the table in case Oilers Owner Bud Adams get cold feet," writes
John McClain in the HOUSTON CHRONICLE.  McLain notes the deal the
Oilers will sign with Nashville next week is non-binding, meaning
Adams could get out of it if Houston or Harris County come up
with a better deal  (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 11/10).