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Arena Contingent Meets Sabates in Daytona

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The "Raleigh Contingent" arrives in Daytona
DAYTONA, FL — Raleigh's hopes for a National HockeyLeague franchise are less than encouraging after a power meeting Friday inDaytona, Florida. Prospective team owner Felix Sabates, who is in Daytonamonitoring his three Winston Cup racing teams, met with a contingent fromRaleigh to discuss 11th hour strategy for bringing in an expansion team.

After the meeting, Raleigh officials had little to say.

Sabates said he had decided to pull out of the proposal altogether, butthat the NHL commissioner encouraged him to keep trying. Sabates toldWRAL-TV5'sMark Robertshewas betrayed by several people in this attempt, including Raleigh MayorTom Fetzer.

The NHL commission is scheduled to meet next week to narrow theirprospects down to five. Whether or not Raleigh will be in that numberremains to be seen.