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RESULTS FROM THE ORIOLES' FAN INTEREST SURVEY
Published January 30, 1995
The results of a poll conducted by Peter Hart Research for the Orioles surveyed 500 of the club's "most ardent -- and financially committed -- customers." On the use of replacements, 80% OPPOSE, 16% FAVOR. Replacement baseball as "major league baseball": 88% WOULD NOT CONSIDER it "major league baseball," 10% WOULD. On the team's decision not to use replacement: 82% FAVOR, 13% OPPOSE. Asked whether they would have interest in replacement baseball, 42% said they WOULD, 27% said "VERY LITTLE," 20% "JUST SOME," 7% "QUITE A BIT," and 3% A "GREAT DEAL." On feelings toward MLB if replacements are used, 47% would be "MUCH MORE NEGATIVE," 26% would be MORE NEGATIVE, 21% would have NO CHANGE, and 4% would be MORE POSITIVE (Baltimore SUN, 1/29). REACTION: Not only does the poll "firm" Orioles Owner Peter Angelos' position that Baltimore fans are against the replacement concept, "but it also may provide some ammunition if the Orioles are forced to defend that position in a court action against Major League Baseball." The latest MLB poll results "are expected to be released by the commissioner's office" today. MLB spokesperson Rich Levin notes: "Our polls and all of the polls we've seen contradict the Orioles' poll." Orioles Owner Peter Angelos: "What's significant about our poll is that it is season- ticket holders. They are the financial foundation of every major-league franchise. I would hope that it would alert owners all over to the very negative consequences of using unqualified players" (Peter Schmuck, Baltimore SUN, 1/29).