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Volume 24 No. 156

Franchises

          While George Brett's interest in the Royals "hasn't
     changed noticeably ... it may in the near future," according
     to Jeffrey Flanagan of the K.C. STAR.  Brett said that he
     and his brother, Bobby, "will be involved in meetings" with
     potential investors this week.  On Tuesday, the Bretts met
     with local Royals bidder Jerry Green, who "has indicated"
     that he would "welcome" the addition of the Bretts to his
     ownership group.  But Brett "wouldn't identify" other
     investors with whom he planned to meet (K.C. STAR, 10/15).  
     

          NFL:  The Bucs announced that all 80 luxury suites
     built during Phase One suite construction of its new stadium
     have been leased.  The suites range in price from $55,000-
     85,000 with lease terms of five, seven, or 10 years (Bucs).
          NHL: Hurricanes Owner Peter Karmanos, on early-season
     attendance: "If we had played a lame duck year in Hartford,
     we probably would have lost $20 million to $25 million ...
     [in Greensboro] if we average 7,000 or 8,000 people a game
     ... we would lose about 5 million bucks. ... And when the
     team gets to Raleigh, that's pay dirt.  I think it's sellout
     time.  I think we get a three-year honeymoon here.  That
     means we don't have to win for three years" (Cliff Mehrtens,
     CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 10/15)....The crowd of 12,530 for Monday
     night's Hurricanes-Blues game was the lowest ever at the
     Kiel Center (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 10/14).
          MLB: Marlins Owner Wayne Huizenga was asked by NBC's
     Jim Gray after the Marlins won the NL pennant whether he
     would reconsider his plans to sell the team.  Huizenga: "I'm
     not even thinking about that.  Well, we'll have to think
     that thing through later" (NBC, 10/14)....Last night's
     sellout crowd of 50,446 for Marlins-Braves Game 6 was the
     largest ever at Turner Field (ORLANDO SUN-SENTINEL, 10/15).

          The MLB Rangers announced that they are raising ticket
     prices on 33,848 of The Ballpark's 49,166 seats next season,
     according to David Markiewicz of the FT. WORTH STAR-
     TELEGRAM.  Increases will range from $1-5 a seat.  Lower box
     seats and club box seats will increase "the most," going up
     by either $4 or $5.  The price of 89% of upper deck seats
     "will be unchanged."  Parking also will increase next year,
     from $6 to $7.  The price increases "should generate" $5-7M
     in additional revenue next season (STAR-TELEGRAM, 10/14).  

          Apathy toward Oakland sports teams, particularly the
     Warriors, was examined by columnist Gwen Knapp of the S.F.
     EXAMINER.  Knapp: "[T]here are signs that the public love
     affair with professional sports is no longer absolutely
     unconditional. ... The Raiders and Warriors are on the verge
     of pricing themselves into invisibility.  The Raiders can't
     draw enough people, at $41 to $61 a head, to sell out and
     end up on TV.  The Warriors have had to discount their
     tickets radically in the last couple of weeks, and they may
     still not see a full house more than a half-dozen times this
     season."  More Knapp: "For [Warriors Owner Chris] Cohan, the
     situation is particularly dire. ... If the Warriors can't
     move tickets now, with a new arena as a lure, next season
     offers even worse prospects.  The team, for one thing, will
     have played futilely again, and the NBA will surely be
     engaged [in] a strike or a lockout" (S.F. EXAMINER, 10/12).