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Rafeal Trujillo, a Giants season-ticket holder, has sued the team over its policy requiring full payment for tickets "in a season that may feature replacement players." Season-ticket holders who fail to pay and renew their tickets will lose their seats. Trujillo's attorneys said they will ask for a court order prohibiting the Giants from demanding full payment for replacement games (Dennis Opartnry, S.F. EXAMINER, 2/15). The "CBS Evening News" and ABC's "World News Tonight" both profiled Trujillo's suit. S.F. Board of Supervisors member Angela Alioto said the board will "probably, with a unanimous vote, say 'it [replacement baseball] is not going to happen at Candlestick Park'" (CBS, 2/14). ABC's Brian Rooney profiled Trujillo and the policy of MLB teams who ask their season ticket holders to pay up or lose their seats. Rooney said fans are also suing in New York, Miami and Dallas (ABC, 2/14).
An official for the Spurs "confirmed that the organization is exploring the idea of securing" an IHL franchise to play at the Alamodome, according to this morning's SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS- NEWS. Spurs VP of Business Operations Russ Bookbinder said the team has looked "at all different opportunities." Bookbinder: "We looked at the CFL. We looked at IHL hockey. But there really is nothing imminent." IHL VP/Communications Tim Bryant said a San Antonio group has expressed an interest in joining the league, but he didn't know if the city would be added to the league's expansion list for '95-96. San Francisco and Orlando have already been announced as new franchises for '95-96 (Briggs & Griffin, SAN ANTONIO NEWS-EXPRESS, 2/15).
"Just what do the mighty corporate owners of the Pirates want?," asks Suzanne Elliot in the PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES. They have a "qualified buyer" in Adelphia Communications Chair John Rigas, but with the Rigas sale still pending, three current owners "want to retain their stake" in the team. Businessman Eugene Litman, Carnegie Mellon University and PNC Bank Corp. are all willing to be a part of any ownership group that Rigas puts together. The three current owners would strengthen Rigas' bid and reduce the amount of cash he would need to buy the team. In discussing the potential losses of the current ownership group (six companies, a university and three private investors), Elliot writes that Pirate ownership "wants their money back -- with interest. It doesn't seem to matter if their corporate images are tarnished in their hometown." (PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES, 2/19 issue).