The Raptors "quietly" signed a lease agreement with the
SkyDome for the '98-99 season, which "virtually confirms"
that the proposed new arena will not be ready until "at
least" '99 (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 2/14)....In Dallas, Tim
Cowlishaw writes on the Stars under the header, "Fans Yet To
Embrace Stars." Team President Jim Lites: "With a (season-
ticket) base as small as we have now, about 7,500, that just
leaves a ton of tickets to sell. What's going to happen is
that the weekends are going to sell out. But the weeknights
will be tough" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 2/14).