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ORLANDO EXPANSION ASKS TO CHANGE SCHEDULED PROPOSAL DATE
Published October 26, 1994
MLB officials will hear expansion proposals on November 1 from groups in Orlando, Tampa-St. Pete and Phoenix, and two groups from Northern VA. Orlando expansion organizer Norton Herrick has asked to reschedule his 90-minute slot so his entire group can be present. Herrick's partners, attorney Paul Jacobs and accountant Steve Kurtz, might be unable to attend because of involvement in a bankruptcy case involving initial Rockies investor Mickey Monus. Herrick has produced a $150M credit line to pay for the franchise, but relies on the experience of Jacobs and Kurtz, who were "instrumental in snaring" a team for Denver (Tracy & Lebowitz, ORLANDO SENTINEL, 10/25). After speaking with Red Sox Owner John Harrington, chair of MLB's Expansion Committee, Herrick said he thought the committee would be open to rescheduling. But committee member George Steinbrenner disagreed. Steinbrenner thinks "everybody should play by the same rules" and that Orlando would "benefit" from a delay. Herrick said "it could really hurt" Rockies Owner Jerry McMorris if Jacobs and Kurtz have to leave the Monus trial, but that he will be there November 1 if necessary (Bill Fay, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 10/26). ROBBING PETER TO PAY VIRGINIA? In Washington, Tom Boswell writes that the strike and Orioles Owner Peter Angelos' actions during the dispute could help Northern VA's bid for an expansion franchise. Noting that Angelos has given "comfort to the union." Boswell cites one source "close to many owners": "They control each other with threats of retaliation. He (Angelos) will probably find out the hard way." Boswell points out that growing controversy in Congress over baseball's anti-trust exemption could also prompt a Metro DC expansion team as a way to "smooth feathers" on Capitol Hill (WASHINGTON POST, 10/26). Columnist Dick Heller suggests the two Northern VA groups merge to produce $1.15B "to wave" at the expansion committee (WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/26).