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BRAVES & DEVELOPER IN DISPUTE OVER SPRING TRAINING SITE

     The Braves were expecting to move into a new $15M spring-
training home in '96, but the plan -- part of a 2,300-acre
development in Jupiter, FL -- "is now in jeopardy."  Braves
President Stan Kasten said that the deal is "very much up in the
air," adding that "the clock is running down" on building there
by '96.  The problem is that the Braves and developer George de
Guardiola "can't agree on who will pay the yearly $500,000 to
$800,000 operating costs."  Palm Beach County has said it will
use a hotel tax to pay to build the stadium, "but the developer
wants either the Braves to pay the operating costs, or the team's
parent company, TBS, to bring additional activities to the area
when the team is not training there."  The club may begin looking
for another location.  If the deal falls through, county
officials said they will try to keep the Braves in Palm Beach and
share a new facility with the Expos.  But the two teams, which
currently share a West Palm Beach facility, have previously
rejected that idea (I.J. Rosenberg, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 10/14).
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