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Volume 24 No. 113

Franchises

          Expos Chair Jacques Menard said yesterday that the
     reported C$15M that Expos President Claude Brochu "will
     command" to sell his 7.6% share of the team "is in the
     ballpark," according to Stephanie Myles of the Montreal
     GAZETTE.  Menard: "We have agreed in principle on a range
     and a general figure that is about of that magnitude, as
     regards the economics part.  But a deal hasn't been signed
     yet, and it hasn't been put to our shareholders -- much less
     to [MLB]."  Menard said that the timetable for buying out
     Brochu and the 52 days remaining in the 150-day limit set by
     MLB to put a new ownership group in place are "are
     independent" of each other.  He also said that former
     Canadiens GM Serge Savard is "not waiting in the wings to
     succeed Brochu."  Menard added that "other significant non-
     monetary issues still need to be resolved" before a deal
     with Brochu is finalized, such as how the team will be run
     until new ownership is established (Montreal GAZETTE, 1/13).
     Expos' ownership group will meet today "to decide" whether
     to offer Brochu C$15M for his share (GLOBE & MAIL, 1/13).
          TIME KEEPS ON TICKING: In Montreal, Jack Todd writes
     that the Expos "are running out of time" to assemble a new
     ownership group and that the team has accomplished "little"
     because of the slow pace of negotiations with Brochu.  Expos
     Limited Partner Mark Routtenberg "won't deny" that Savard
     could possibly run the team, but said: "We have to know from
     [MLB].  Is Claude Brochu the control person until a stadium
     deal is lined up?" (Montreal GAZETTE, 1/13).

          Bill Cosby "will be introduced this week" as a member
     of the new ownership group of the Nets, according to Phil
     Jasner of the PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS.  Cosby met for
     several hours yesterday in N.Y. with Lewis Katz, a member of
     the team's ownership group.  Cosby is expected to be chair
     and spokesperson of a segment of ownership that will provide
     scholarships to inner-city students through a non-profit
     trust fund.  Katz and Cosby attended Temple Univ. together
     in the early '60s (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 1/13).

          In S.F., Matier & Ross write that the 49ers "stadium
     flap" this week over the future of a stadium/mall complex
     shows "how up in the air the entire deal is."  Matier &
     Ross: "At this point, it's not clear who's really running
     the 49ers -- and who will broker the final deal."  While it
     "appears" that team co-Owner Eddie DeBartolo is "calling the
     shots," he is "barred from saying anything" official until
     he "gets the blessing" of the NFL (S.F. CHRONICLE, 1/13).
          NOTES: NHL Kings co-Owner Philip Anschutz's Anschutz
     Properties acquired a 30% interest in the Sparta Praha
     hockey club in Prague.  Anschutz Properties President Bob
     Sanderman said the purchase "is part of other things" that
     the company is looking at in the Czech Republic that are not
     hockey related (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 1/13)....In Miami,
     Mike Phillips reports that prospective Marlins Owner John
     Henry invited three FL newspaper reporters to fly with him
     on his private jet to Carlsbad, CA, where MLB owners will
     vote to approve the sale of the team from Wayne Huizenga. 
     Phillips calls the move "unprecedented" (MIAMI HERALD,
     1/13)....In K.C., Jeffrey Flanagan writes that Royals
     prospective Owner Miles Prentice may offer S.A. Missions
     President Burl Yarbrough the position of Dir of Business
     Operations with the Royals (K.C. STAR, 1/13).

          CT Gov. John Rowland "signed into law Tuesday a bill
     authorizing" $374M in state spending for a stadium and
     training facility for the Patriots in Hartford, according to
     Mike Swift of the HARTFORD COURANT.  Rowland then "resumed"
     his attempt to help CT and the Patriots finalize a
     development agreement "that will obligate the state to pay
     for a riverfront stadium in Hartford -- and the Patriots to
     build it, manage it and play there for 30 years."  Friday is
     the deadline for completion of the development agreement,
     although the deadline "could be extended by mutual consent." 
     Rowland said the "biggest remaining hurdle" is "clearing the
     stadium site," which includes reaching a deal to relocate
     the headquarters of the CT Natural Gas Corp. and a steam
     plant (HARTFORD COURANT, 1/13). In Boston, Tina Cassidy
     writes that CT execs "are nearing an agreement" on
     relocating the steam plant (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/13).