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DC-AREA ATTORNEY LOOKING TO OAKLAND FOR A TEAM

     Washington attorney Bart Fisher, who is trying to acquire a
MLB team for DC or the Northern VA area, said he has been given
permission to look at the financial records of the A's, who are
for sale.  A's owner Walter Haas Jr. has set a sale price at $85M
for any buyers who would keep the team in Oakland.  Oakland
Coliseum officials have been given until December to locate a
local purchaser, "after-which out-of-town investors may be
considered."  Fisher and his partners have expressed interest in
several teams, and last year offered $150M for the Padres.
Fisher's group has also applied for expansion.  In Washington,
Mark Maske notes it is unlikely the owners would permit another
AL team to move so close to the Orioles.  In other news, Fisher
said that he has had "no conversations" with anyone interested in
starting a new league (WASHINGTON POST, 9/17).
     OAKLAND OWNERSHIP?  In Boston, Peter Gammons reports that
while four bidders expressed interest for the A's, only two
"actually pursued it, and both dropped out as soon as they looked
further" (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/18).
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