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  • BLUE JAYS TO MAKE FLORIDA THEIR HOME FOR REPLACEMENTS

         "Running out of options and time," Blue Jays President Paul
    Beeston confirmed that the team will make Dunedin, FL its
    regular-season home for potential replacement-player games,
    pending approval by the American League, according to this
    morning's TORONTO SUN.  A.L. VP/Admin. & Media Affairs Phyllis
    Merhige:  "We have to look at it from a scheduling standpoint,
    from umpiring, from broadcast territories, safety issues, to see
    if any special construction needs to be done to the stadium"
    (Steve Simmons, TORONTO SUN, 2/10).
    

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  • BULLETS RAISE TICKET PRICES, DESPITE LOSING RECORD

         The Bullets raised ticket prices for the second time in less
    than a year.  The team announced an increase of "approximately
    12%" for '95-96.  Most tickets will be increased by $3, but some
    sections will see up to a $15 increase.  The overall average will
    go from $25.13 to "around $28," according to Bullets President
    Susan O'Malley.  Team officials said they announced the increase
    now "to take advantage of the team's new popularity so they can
    begin taking reservations for next season."  The Bullets have
    sold out 15 of 21 home games and are on pace to top their record
    of 20 sellouts (Richard Justice, WASHINGTON POST, 2/10).
    

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  • CLEVELAND INVESTOR JUMPS INTO PIRATES BIDDING WITH OFFER

         Jeff Moffie, a Cleveland investment manager, announced he
    has made a cash bid of $85-100M for the Pirates.  The team has
    been negotiating with Adelphia Communications Chair John Rigas,
    but talks have slowed over Rigas' ability and willingness to
    absorb the team's potential debts.  Rigas has offered $85.15M.
    Moffie made his bid to the team's investment banker, Wertheim
    Schroeder.  Moffie is CEO of Cambridge Investment Group
    (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 2/10).
    

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  • HELLCATS IN LIMBO AS CBA OWNERS FAIL TO MAKE A DECISION

         The future of the Hartford Hellcats is still undecided as a
    vote by CBA owners to terminate the team did not pass yesterday.
    A league source told Roy Hasty of the HARTFORD COURANT that
    league owners couldn't "reach a decision in a 3 1/2 hour
    conference call and that more discussions would be held today."
    Brian Foley, a CT  businessman, has put up $750,000 to operate
    the franchise, but some owners are "concerned about the value of
    their franchise if Foley's bid is approved and want a written
    determination of the Hellcats' price" (HARTFORD COURANT, 2/9).
    

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  • SAN ANTONIO AND GOLD MINERS WORK OUT DETAILS OF LEASE

         The city of San Antonio and the Sacramento Gold Miners are
    close to an agreement that would bring the CFL team to the
    Alamodome, according to this morning's SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS NEWS.
    Items that need to be settled include a possible "escape clause
    for the Miners if the team fails to hit projected attendance
    figures after two years and an escape clause if an NFL team
    should move to San Antonio." The proposed deal would give the
    team 50% of concession revenue and 100% of parking revenue for
    the first year (Tim Griffin, SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS NEWS, 2/10).
    

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  • TAMPA BAY EXPANSION GROUP KICKS OF NAME-THE-TEAM CONTEST

         Vince Naimoli, the leader of the Tampa Bay MLB expansion
    effort, kicked off a "Name the Team" promotion.  He did say that
    his group will not pay for a team name, as one group hoped after
    gaining trademark registration for Tampa Bay Thunder, Tampa Bay
    Thunder Bolts and Tampa Bay Tarpons with the state (Bill
    Chastain, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 2/10).  Naimoli did confirm that the
    first name of the potential team would be "Tampa Bay."  The
    Phoenix group will launch their name the team contest Sunday.
    Suns Owner Jerry Colangelo will offer some names and let fans
    make additional suggestions.  It is at the March 7-9 owners
    meeting that Colangelo and Naimoli expect to be awarded the next
    two MLB franchises (Marc Topkin, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 2/10).
    

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