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PHOENIX GROUP EXPECTS INVITE INTO MLB WITHIN SIX WEEKS
Published January 12, 1995
According to Suns Owner Jerry Colangelo, who is leading Phoenix's effort to land a MLB franchise, "a strong likelihood" exists that a franchise will be awarded in the next six weeks. Although expansion teams are not expected to play until the '97 or '98 season, Phoenix must have an answer by April 1, when sales-tax legislation that would fund a $253M retractable roof stadium expires if a franchise is not awarded. Colangelo made his comments after a meeting with MLBPA Exec Dir Don Fehr, who was in Phoenix for a players meeting and gave Colangelo's efforts a vote of confidence. Colangelo, who says he talks with the MLB expansion committee almost daily, said he was glad to have Fehr's support: "I felt all along that we have an awful lot to offer baseball" (Paola Boivin, ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 1/12).