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ORLANDO AND NO. VIRGINIA LEFT AT THE ALTAR
Published March 10, 1995
Groups from Orlando and Northern VA were both told that additional expansion could come soon. Acting MLB Commissioner Bud Selig: "I expect the clubs will continue to consider expanding and it will take place sooner rather than later" (MLB). In Orlando, Norton Herrick still has the exclusive rights to seek a team for the city. A penny tourist tax to build a $150M park is also still in place. Herrick: "It's just a temporary setback. We'll be there for the next expansion, we'll continue to push" (Lawrence Lebowitz, ORLANDO SENTINEL, 3/10). In and around DC, the two groups attempting to bring baseball to Northern VA said yesterday they would "turn their attention to purchasing an existing franchise and moving it to Virginia" (Lipton & Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 3/10). Columnist Tom Boswell writers that this will be the last expansion for a "long time," especially if owners get the labor deal they want. Boswell believes the DC area's best bet is an existing team and urges Virginia Baseball Chair Bill Collins's to look "to buy the first team that's driven into bankruptcy by the strike" (WASHINGTON POST, 3/10).