Hornets Owner Pledges To Save Local Sports

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Hornets owner George Shinn says he will see to it that the University of New Orleans' sports teams survive.

Shinn announced Wednesday that he will head up a committee to raise money for the program by reaching out to business leaders in the city of New Orleans and the region. Shinn says he also will lend the expertise of his NBA club to help UNO improve marketing and ticket sales.

The future of UNO athletics has been in doubt since last week, when students rejected a proposal to double their athletic fees. The fee increase was proposed as a way to compensate for anticipated deep cuts across Louisiana's public universities.