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BASEBALL EXPANSION GETS A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE
Published December 16, 1994
Phillies Owner Bill Giles, a member of MLB's expansion committee, said that MLB owners are expected to award two expansion franchises by February to begin play in '97 (Bill Chastain, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 12/16). But a report in the ST. PETERSBURG TIMES notes that Red Sox CEO John Harrington outlined a timetable that calls for the committee to make a recommendation and owners to vote on it in late January or early February. Then if expansion is approved, the committee will take an additional 4-6 weeks for a second round of interviews with the prospective cities. That would put an expansion announcement in March (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 12/16). The fee has not been set, but one expansion applicant estimated it would be about $125M per team. Several ownership sources say the vote "almost certainly will be to add teams." During the labor negotiations, both sides have offered proposals that involved sharing money gained from expansion (Bill Chastain, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 12/16). PADRES SALE: MLB owners "gave the go-ahead" for TV producer Tom Werner to sell the Padres to TX software millionaire John Moores. Former Orioles President Larry Lucchino, who would run the team, said the sale is expected to be completed in a few weeks (AP/BOSTON GLOBE, 12/16).