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UNITED LEAGUE TO NAME SIX INITIAL FRANCHISE CITIES TODAY
Published February 14, 1995
The United Baseball League, which hopes to begin play in '96, will announce six charter franchises today -- Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, San Juan, Vancouver and Washington. The league has scheduled a telephone news conference to make the announcement. The New Orleans team will reportedly play at the Superdome, the Washington team at RFK Stadium, the Vancouver team at B.C. Place and the San Juan team will play at Hiram Bithorn Stadium (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 2/14). As for L.A., two sites under consideration are the L.A. Coliseum and a stadium in the Riverside-San Bernadino area. Three sites are under consideration in New York: Brooklyn, Northern NJ and the Nassau- Suffolk County border on Long Island (VANCOUVER SUN, 2/14). ARE ALL THE I'S DOTTED? In Vancouver, B.C. Place officials indicated "that any rumored deal is far from being done." B.C. Place GM Neil Campbell, after being told about the AP report that has the UBL announcing its franchise cities: "We have not made any arrangements with the United League. ... Officials from the United League have talked to us and looked at our stadium. But so far we have not heard from any specific owner and there's been no work done on a lease arrangement or on other terms." The UBL is organized by former MLBPA official Dick Moss and former U.S. Rep. Bob Mrazek. The league hopes to begin the '96 season with 8-12 franchises (Terry Bell, Vancouver PROVINCE, 2/14).