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Sacramento Gold Miners owner Fred Anderson announced yesterday he will move the team after this season because efforts to build a new stadium have failed. Anderson was granted the franchise with the "understanding" that the team would move out of the 24,000-seat Hornet Field. Anderson blames the facility for his $10M loss in the team's two years and said without "support from the politicians and dang little from business" he cannot stay. Anderson is considering three sites, but CFL Commissioner Larry Smith "expects" the team to go to Oakland calling a stadium lease a "key" element. However, Oakland Alameda County Supervisor Ron Perata was recently quoted as saying the CFL is "just a little ahead of tractor pulls, roller- blade hockey, and arena football -- and with them, you're just a valley town" (CANADIAN PRESS/WINNIPEG SUN, 10/25).
Despite the uncertainty concerning the start of the '95 season, the Expos have commenced their ticket marketing campaign for next season. The team recently sent letters to season-ticket holders in which they warned subscribers to "pay half the cost of a season ticket by November 15" in order to "avoid unpleasant surprises." Many fans felt the letter implied that if their deposit was not in by November 15, then their ticket could be taken away and given to someone else looking to upgrade. Mitch Melnick, a sports talk-show host on CIQC Radio in Montreal said that area fans are upset: "There's no way they should treat people like that" (Danny Gallagher, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 10/25). TORONTO: Blue Jays Stadium and Ticket Operations Dir George Holm said that the Blue Jays plan to take a "wait-and-see attitude" before marketing '95 season tickets. Holm: "We see no point in putting tickets on sale." Holm added that if an agreement is not met by December 1, that the team will probably decide then whether to proceed with a ticket campaign or continue to wait (GLOBE & MAIL, 10/25).
The Raptors have joined the Clippers as the only two NBA teams considering an application for an IHL franchise. Raptors spokesperson Tom Mayenknecht said that the team has "preliminary" interest in purchasing an IHL club, but added that a hockey club could not be acquired until the completion of a arena -- which could be at least three years from now. Mayenknecht also said that team officials are speaking with other leagues, such as arena football and indoor soccer (Chris Young, TORONTO STAR, 10/25).