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).