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REPORT SAYS BASEBALL WOULD BRING $125M TO ORLANDO
Published October 27, 1994
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).