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NORTHERN VA BASEBALL INVESTOR REPORTEDLY JOINS ORLANDO BID

     Bart Fisher, who heads Capital Baseball, one of two
Northern VA groups trying to win an expansion franchise, may have
lost "one of his most prominent investors to a competing
community."  Sources say New York investment banker J. Morton
Davis, previously listed as one of the principals in Capital
Baseball, "may have pulled out of Fisher's group and is
considering joining investors seeking a franchise in Orlando."
Fisher would not "confirm nor deny Davis' current status,"  but
Stephen Kurtz, an investor in the Orlando bid said, "We have had
some discussions with Mr. Davis.  Nothing has been finalized."
Fisher's group makes their presentation to MLB owners tomorrow in
Chicago (Thom Loverro, WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/31).  John
Harrington, chair of the Expansion Committee, said if baseball
gets a new CBA by February, owners may vote on adding two
expansion teams for '97 or '98.  Harrington hopes for an
expansion decision by January and a vote by February. He stressed
if there is no labor deal, "it's unlikely we can make a positive
recommendation" on expansion (Mult., 10/30).
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