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MLB EXPANSION: TAMPA, PHOENIX MAY WAIT A LITTLE LONGER
Published February 28, 1995
Baseball's owners may delay a decision to expand until the sport's labor problems are settled, according to this morning's TAMPA TRIBUNE. "Increasing opposition" among some owners could "kill or delay" expansion. Reds Owner Marge Schott: "Expansion should be taken off the board at the meeting. We've got other things to worry about." Eight negative votes among the 28 owners are needed to delay the process. Most owners will not comment on expansion "because it is a negotiable item before the players association." But one unnamed owner said "expansion remains likely and that Tampa Bay is certain to get one of the teams." MLB's expansion committee recommends adding two teams "quickly" and two more "a few years later" (Henderson & Carlson, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 2/28). Columnist Tom McEwen reports in addition to Orioles Owner Peter Angelos, the Dodgers, Braves, Reds and Mariners oppose expansion. McEwen writes, "The awarding of franchises to St. Petersburg will get done, not necessarily at Palm Beach, but before April 1, the date financing for a Phoenix stadium disappears" (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 2/28).