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EXPANSION COMMITTEE TO CONFER BY PHONE TODAY
Published January 20, 1995
MLB's expansion committee is scheduled to "confer by telephone today and is expected to recommend that owners add at least two teams," according to Marc Topkin in this morning's ST. PETERSBURG TIMES. Phillies President Bill Giles: "I anticipate we will have a phone meeting soon. We are definitely going to decide. ... I can tell you that most of the committee members do want to expand." Today's meeting is expected to cover "only whether the major leagues should expand and whether they should expand by two teams, expand by two teams with a pledge to consider adding two more later, or expand by four teams over a set period of years." Leaders in Tampa Bay and Phoenix have been "publicly confident that they are the top two choices." Orlando and Northern VA are also finalists. No ranking of the sites is expected to be released today. Suns Owner Jerry Colangelo, who is leading the Phoenix effort: "I believe in five weeks Tampa/St. Petersburg and Phoenix will be awarded franchises." After the committee recommendation, the full group of owners must vote on whether to expand -- 21 of 28 votes are needed. "There is no firm date" for an owners' meeting with expansion on the agenda. The next scheduled regular owners' meeting is March 6-8 in Palm Beach, FL (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 1/20).