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FEHR SAYS EXPANSION IS UNCERTAIN; BUT DON'T TELL ST. PETE

     MLBPA Exec Dir Donald Fehr said yesterday that MLB expansion
is "no sure thing."  After meeting with player in Orlando, Fehr
said "that he believes major league owners have been telling
politicians on Capitol Hill that the expansion recommended by a
committee of owners may not take place."  Fehr:  "They [owners]
are telling people that there are some doubts about expansion,
and where it will be.  Maybe my information is wrong.  I'd like
for them to make that decision, and we'd like to be involved in
it" (Thom Loverro, WASHINGTON TIMES, 2/17).  But in the Tampa/St.
Petersburg area, St. Pete city leaders "have started planning a
party in early March to celebrate a successful bid" for an
expansion franchise.  St. Petersburg Mayor David Fischer:  "If it
goes in our favor, we would be prepared for festivities" (Noam
Neusner, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 2/17).
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