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BASEBALL CONSIDERS LOWER TICKET PRICES FOR REPLACEMENTS

     Both the Angels and Rangers announced formulas for lowering
their ticket prices if replacement players are used.  The Rangers
have decided to base the price of their tickets on the size of
their player payroll until the strike is settled, which would cut
ticket prices in half.  The Rangers also introduced a complicated
formula that would discount ticket prices should any union
players join the team during the strike and player payroll
exceeds $4M for the season.  Rangers President Tom Schieffer:
"The idea is to pass on any salary savings to the fans in the
form of ticket prices" (Sullivan, FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 1/5).
Angels President Rich Brown said his club is working on a formula
that would give rebates to season-ticket holders for the games
that are played with non-major leaguers.  The reduced ticket
price will be calculated using several factors:  the number of
replacements on the roster, the club's payroll costs and the
price fans are willing to pay (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 1/5).
     MORE TICKET NEWS:  The Orioles announced that they have had
a 90% season-ticket renewal rate and club officials predict that
the rate could hit 96% by the end of the month, equaling the
renewal rate of the past three years (Mark Hyman, Baltimore SUN,
1/5).
     OTHER ANGELS NEWS:  Brown plans to meet with Anaheim
officials next week to renew discussions on a new stadium.
Negotiations were halted when the Orange County bond crisis
occurred.  But Anaheim City Manager Jim Ruth said he is now
confident Anaheim will have the financial stability to proceed
with a new stadium (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 1/5).
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