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Published January 31, 1995
MLB announced yesterday that Thursday's expansion committee meeting scheduled for Chicago has been relocated to Washington to accommodate Red Sox CEO John Harrington and Braves President Stan Kasten, both members of the expansion committee. The committee is expected to recommend a price for the first two new franchises, but they will not release a preference order of the four finalists: Phoenix, Orlando, Tampa Bay and No. VA (Bill Chastain, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 1/31). TAMPA BAY -- WHAT'S IN A NAME? If Tampa Bay is approved as an expansion city, the team probably won't be called the Thunder, Tarpons or Thunderbolts -- the three top names suggested the last time Tampa made an expansion bid. Two entrepreneurs, Teresa deArrigoitia and Tony Karcher, have registered those names with the FL Secretary of the State for $87.50 per name. If expansion is approved next month, the bidding groups will have to decide on a name and logo by the March 8 owners' meeting. Tampa Bay expansion head Vince Naimoli has said he would avoid trademarked names in selecting the team's name (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 1/31). NORTHERN VA: U.S. Rep. Tom Davis has asked the leaders of the two "increasingly combative groups seeking" an expansion team to meet with one another, perhaps this week. Davis and the leaders of the two No. VA groups, telecom exec Bill Collins and attorney Bart Fisher, declined to discuss the purpose of the meeting, "but it appears some local government officials would like the two groups to combine" (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 1/31). ORLANDO: Last week, developer Norton Herrick released the list of minority investors helping to bring a franchise to the Orlando area. In addition to Herrick, Rockies General Counsel Paul Jacobs and Denver financial adviser Steve Kurtz are general partners. Local minority partners: businesspersons David Siegel, Joanne McLendon, Paul Mears; physicians Tom Winers, Pevecca Moroose and Roy Ambinder; and attorney Ruion Munns. Also: The Sports Authority Chair Jack Smith, real estate investors Robert Harmon and Ken Raznick, Herrick family members, Rosalind Robbins and William Richards, as well as Marc Sinensky, Exec VP of Herrick's Boca Raton company (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 1/27).