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SALT LAKE BUZZ/NEW BRITAIN OWNER HAS TO PAY $2.1M IN DAMAGES

     An arbitrator has awarded the former Salt Lake Trappers
baseball team $1.75M for being displaced by the AAA Salt Lake
Buzz in '93.  In an opinion announced Monday, George Nicolau
ordered Buzz owner Joe Buzas to pay the Pioneer league $317,000
as well.  Buzas also owns the AA Eastern League team in New
Britain.  The $2.1M award is more than half of what the Rockies
had to pay the minor league team it displaced when it took over
the Denver territory.  Nicolau:  "It was the Trappers that
revitalized the territory to the point where it again became
attractive to a Triple A team.  The Trappers, a highly successful
club in performance, profit and attendance, are entitled to the
benefit of that effort" (AP/HARTFORD COURANT, 11/22).
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