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Volume 24 No. 156

Franchises

          With "more than" 50,000 attending both Friday and
     Saturday's Braves-Marlins NLCS games at Pro Player Stadium,
     "it would seem the Marlins are making a huge profit in these
     playoffs," according to Barry Jackson of the MIAMI HERALD. 
     But team President Don Smiley said playoff profits "will not
     come close to covering" the team's losses this season, which
     Smiley said "will exceed" $30M.  Smiley added that even if
     the Marlins advance to the World Series, they would see
     postseason profits of "less than" $1M.  Of Saturday's $1.7M
     gate, the Marlins, after splits for the postseason pool, the
     leagues, and the Braves, collected $226,667, "about" 13.3%. 
     In addition, the home team must cover all costs of staging
     the games (MIAMI HERALD, 10/12).  Saturday's crowd of 54,890
     was a franchise record (AP/ESPN SportsZone, 10/11).  Marlins
     fans purchased "over" 100,000 tickets yesterday to potential
     Games One & Two of the World Series, ensuring that they both
     will be sellouts (Fort Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL, 10/14).

          On Sunday, NBC's Will McDonough reported that Giants GM
     George Young will "step away from the Giants at the end of
     this year."  McDonough added that Young "isn't certain that
     he wants to retire from football completely," and that he
     might take a job in the league office in a "senior position"
     ("NFL on NBC," 10/12).  Young "declined comment" yesterday. 
     Young: "George doesn't talk about George."  But NEWSDAY's
     Neil Best adds that should Young step down, Assistant GM
     Ernie Accorsi "likely will succeed him" (NEWSDAY, 10/13).

          Memphis-based Guardsmark Inc. has purchased 5,000
     tickets to the Oilers' November 9 game against the Giants,
     and Logo Athletic has "committed" to buy 1,000 tickets to
     each of the Oilers' five remaining home games, according to
     John Glennon of the Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL.  Guardsmark
     will be the title sponsor of the Giants game and the Oilers
     "will promote the company throughout the game," while Logo
     Athletic will be a sponsor for the Oilers-Steelers game on
     December 21.  Oilers Exec VP/Marketing Don MacLachlan said
     the plan is for the companies to redistribute a majority of
     the tickets to community youths.  MacLachlan: "It will be
     great public relations for them."  The Oilers drew just
     17,071 for their win over the Bengals on Sunday, and "have
     sold" 19,246 tickets for this weekend's game against the
     Redskins (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 10/14).  On Sunday,
     Oilers Owner Bud Adams said that he "expects to see bigger
     crowds" in Memphis towards the end of the season and that he
     will "consider changing the team's nickname prior" to the
     '98 season.  Adams: "We've finally got our marketing plan in
     place. ... We didn't have the best draws (for the first
     three home games)."  As for the name change, Adams said, "I
     want to see some polls, some focus studies and see what they
     really want down here" (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 10/13).

          Kings co-Owner Edward Roski will present an outline for
     a $300M financing plan for a new L.A. Coliseum to the NFL
     owners' stadium committee on Tuesday in DC, according to
     T.J. Simers of the L.A. TIMES.  The plan "includes the
     expenditure" of $150M in public funds and "relies on the use
     of surplus state sales taxes."  In the outline, Roski and
     partner Philip Anschutz "have also factored in" a successful
     citywide referendum.  However, an L.A. city official said
     "[w]ithout the state part of the deal, they don't have a
     thing.  It all hinges on getting the state money, and that's
     downright speculative."  In addition to the financing plan,
     Roski will also present the NFL owners with a 20-year
     "operational plan" for an expansion team.  Roski said that
     the complete stadium/team ownership package is worth "more
     than" $500M, including the proposed expansion fees.  But
     Simers wrote that NFL insiders "continue to cling to the
     hope" that Dodger Owner Peter O'Malley, upon the completion
     of his deal to sell to Rupert Murdoch, would "oversee the
     construction" of a football stadium in Chavez Ravine.  But
     Roski said, "From a developers standpoint, I do not see how
     it can be done at Dodger Stadium" (L.A. TIMES, 10/13).  
          49ERS NOT SET? Simers also reported that the 49ers
     "have let it be known behind the scenes" that if they don't
     get more financial assistance "by the first of the year"
     they might consider moving.  Team Owner Ed Debartolo
     recently "took another look" at Inglewood's Hollywood Park
     and there some speculate that the 49ers "might endorse" the
     new Coliseum plan in order to "gain state funds" for their
     own project in San Francisco (L.A. TIMES, 10/13).
          IS ANSCHUTZ ON WAY OUT? Simers also reported that
     Anschutz "has decided to play no part in returning football
     to a new Coliseum ... and has informed Roski that he will
     not be party to any NFL deal, and might buy out his
     partner's interest in the arena."  Sources told Simers that
     Anschutz does not want this known at present for fear of
     "jeopardizing" the duo's arena plan.  But Roski called such
     speculation "absolutely incorrect. ... Phil and I are
     proceeding along as always."  Simers added that without
     Anschutz, who "will not" attend the DC meetings, "most
     suspect" that Roski "would be unable" to bear the financial
     burden of bringing football to L.A (L.A. TIMES, 10/13).

          Royals Chair David Glass reiterated that he "will not
     resurface in the bidding process" for the Royals, despite
     Frank Oddo's decision not to pursue the team and as George
     Brett's "interest continues to waver," according to Jeffrey
     Flanagan of the K.C. STAR.  Glass said he was "disappointed"
     in Oddo's decision, but there was "no way" he would get back
     in the process (K.C. STAR, 10/11).  Local Royals bidder
     Jerry Green was profiled by Diane Stafford in Sunday's K.C.
     STAR.  Green, Chair of K.C.-based Union Bank, is backed by a
     "much, much larger out-of-town investor" who Green says "was
     approved" by MLB for a previous franchise bid.  Stafford
     wrote that Green primarily wants "to save the team" for K.C.
     and that he "would be happy if the Brett group wants to
     combine their bid with his" (K.C. STAR, 10/12).

          NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has given the Packers
     "permission" for a proposed stock split and subsequent sale
     of new shares, according to Bob McGinn of the MILWAUKEE
     JOURNAL SENTINEL.  The Packers first new stock sale since
     1950, which could raise "up to" $80M, "will require" 67%
     approval from the current shareholders.  Shareholders will
     vote on the stock offering, "tentatively 400,000 shares at
     $200 per share," at a special meeting on November 13.  The
     Packers said new shareholders "would receive voting
     privileges", but that current shareholders would still hold
     a "substantial majority of voting rights."  If approved, the
     team said that the sale would begin "almost immediately." 
     In exchange for Tagliabue's OK, the Packers agreed to
     "restrictions on how the revenue could be used,"
     specifically agreeing not to use any of the funds for player
     costs.  The stock revenue would be "segregated from other
     revenues and invested" for use when the Packers decide to
     replace Lambeau Field or perhaps enlarge or restructure its
     60,790-seat capacity (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 10/10). 
     The AP reported that details of the Packers proposal show
     that the team "would split the current 10,000 shares into 10
     million shares," of which 4.628 million would be held by
     current stockholders.  Of the remaining 5.372 million
     shares, the team could then sell "up to" 1 million to new
     buyers.  The proposal would limit purchases to "a maximum
     of" 200 new shares, and would "bar" current shareholders
     with 200 or more shares from buying new shares (AP, 10/12). 
     On "Fox NFL Sunday," James Brown reported that "several NFL
     teams are against" the proposed stock sale, as "opponents
     believe the team would use the bulk of that new money" to
     re-sign their young free agents (Fox, 10/12).