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  • AUTRY FAMILY CAN'T "STOMACH" GAME, WILL SELL TO UEBERROTH

         Angels Owner Jackie Autry said this weekend that she and her
    husband, Gene, don't "have the stomach to deal" with the
    "pressures" of baseball and will sell a minority interest in the
    team to former MLB commissioner Peter Ueberroth.  The labor
    dispute, "media criticism," and the "rising cost" were among
    Autry's reasons.  Jackie Autry:  "If I could just be an owner and
    deal with what happens between the white lines, it would be a
    perfect world."  Ueberroth is in the process of buying 25% of the
    team with an option to buy the remaining 75% upon the death of
    Gene Autry, 87.  Ueberroth will also take over as managing
    general partner and handle the day-to-day operations of the club.
    Autry attended her first exhibition game on Friday and said she
    "wasn't particularly thrilled about seeing replacement players"
    (Mike DiGiovanna, L.A. TIMES, 3/26).
    

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  • GOVERNMENT HELP COULD COME IN TIME TO HELP NORDIQUES

         In Quebec, the Partis Quebecois caucus has given the
    provincial government the go ahead on a "reasonable" plan to help
    the Nordiques, who are struggling financially and want a new
    arena.  Assistance may come in the form similar to the low-
    interest loan the previous Liberal government gave to the
    business consortium that bought the Expos four years ago
    (WASHINGTON POST/LE SOLEIL, 3/25).
    

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  • GRIFFITHS SALE TO MCCAW QUESTIONED BY LOCAL BUSINESS JOURNAL

         The sale of the Northwest Entertainment Group by Arthur
    Griffiths to Seattle billionaire John McCaw is questioned by
    Peter Ladner, publisher of BUSINESS IN VANCOUVER.  Although
    Griffiths claims he is still in control of the Group, "why,
    unless McCaw put one over him, would Griffiths surrender control
    of this once proud civic aspect."  Ladner writes that Griffiths
    could have remained majority partner if he found more financial
    partners, but it seems McCaw "knew how to force Griffiths to give
    it to him."  Ladner writes that McCaw would "be a fool to do
    anything except give the fans all they want and more" (BUSINESS
    IN VANCOUVER, 3/20 issue).
    

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  • NAIMOLI SPEAKS TO TAMPA TRIBUNE ABOUT DEVILRAY FUTURE

         Devil Rays Owner Vince Naimoli sat for a Q&A with the TAMPA
    TRIBUNE about his plans for the MLB expansion team.  Naimoli on
    being fan friendly:  "It's got to be an overall fun experience
    for the fans.  You're never going to win every game, but there
    are other aspects about coming to the park.  Like when you go to
    Busch Gardens or Disney World.  You leave there and you feel
    good.  That's the atmosphere we want to create."  Naimoli said he
    would have rather acquired the Giants because they "would have
    gotten an established organization.  On the other hand, any
    organization has its own culture.  And this one we can build in
    accordance with our culture" (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 3/26).
    

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