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REPORT SAYS BASEBALL WOULD BRING $125M TO ORLANDO

     The city of Orlando could take in nearly $125M a year in
economic activity if the city gains a baseball franchise,
according to a study by an Orlando research firm.  These figures
will be used by Orlando Mayor Glenda Hood and others to help
promote the city's efforts to land a club, and counter opponents
who claim the team would only "enrich aspiring owner Norton
Herrick" but "do little for greater Orlando."  The study
indicates the team could attract up to 729,00 fans from outside
the principal drawing area of Orange, Oseceolo, Seminole and Lake
counties.  Other details: Players, administrators, and employees
of the team would bring $16M to the area in salaries and wages,
plus spend an additional $5M in good and services.  Fans
attending 81 regular season games would pay more than $1.4M in
sales, gas and resort taxes.  Herrick: "It (baseball) is
obviously a positive.  You don't have governors and mayors of
cities going after these franchises for nothing" (Dan Tracy,
ORLANDO SENTINEL, 10/26).
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