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  • "BASEBALL FOR WISCONSIN" TICKET DRIVE HOPES TO BOOST SALES

         A statewide campaign to increase season ticket sales for the
    Brewers "appears beset by inertia brought about by the baseball
    strike," as well as poor spring weather.  Tim Sheehy, President
    of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, said the
    "Baseball for Wisconsin" campaign has garnered 750 season-
    tickets, up from 350 on March 17.  The plan, being offered by
    some Milwaukee-area employers, gives employees the "opportunity
    to purchase a season-ticket and a second season-ticket is matched
    by the employer."  Sheehy said they will wait until mid-May to
    gauge the success of the program, which he calls the only one of
    its kind in the country.  Among companies involved:  Journal
    Communications, Northwestern Mutual Life, Ameritech and Harley
    Davidson (Wolfley & Williams, MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 4/21).
    

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  • MICKEY, MINNY, TED AND JANE?

         The Braves may be moving from their spring-training home of
    West Palm Beach to Orlando.  In early discussions that "both TBS
    and Disney are trying to keep hush-hush," Disney is said to be
    interested in building the Braves a new spring training home on
    the Disneyworld grounds.  The Braves also have an offer from Palm
    Beach County to move to a planned stadium in Jupiter, FL.  Braves
    GM John Schuerholz confirmed "contact" between the Braves and
    Disney, but Disney Dir of Sports Marketing Reggie Williams would
    only say that they "would be flattered to talk to the Braves
    about something like that."  A new $15M stadium at Disney could
    be ready by 1998, with the team moving to Orlando in the meantime
    and training at Tinker Field, former home of the Twins (I.J.
    Rosenberg, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 4/21).
    

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  • VANCOUVER FANS PREFER LIMITED MARINERS TO FULL UBL SCHEDULE

         Vancouver baseball fans would rather see the Mariners play
    eight games at B.C. Place than a potential UBL franchise play a
    full schedule, according to a survey commissioned by the B.C.
    Pavilion Corp.  B.C. Pavilion, which manages B.C. Place, is using
    the survey to help "decide whether to embrace" the Mariners or
    the UBL.  Of the 300 adults asked if they would "definitely"
    attend one or more games at B.C. Place, the Mariners received a
    "yes" from 22%, the UBL only 14%.  Warren Buckley, President of
    B.C. Pavilion Corp said written comments "seem to agree that 77
    home games for the UBL would be a tough haul. ... There appeared
    to be more enthusiasm for the eight-game Mariners package" (Neil
    Campbell, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 4/21).
         MARINERS OWNERS PLEAD:  Three Mariners officials pleaded
    their case in front of WA legislators Wednesday, asking for
    "quick" action on a new stadium plan.  M's Chair John Ellis,
    Nintendo President Howard Lincoln (representing majority owner
    Hiroshi Yamauchi), and Microsoft's Chris Larson told the
    lawmakers that they have invested $140M in the team and expect to
    drop another $75M in the next three years.  Meanwhile, U.S.
    Senator Slade Gorton is asking WA legislators to consider
    financing a stadium through the legalization of video poker
    (Tacoma NEWS TRIBUNE, 4/21).
         OTHER M'S NOTES:  Ticket sales for Thursday's home opener
    have been "picking up," but the team does not expect a sellout.
    Mariners VP/Sales & Marketing Bob Gobrecht: "We're looking for a
    crowd in the 40,000 range. ... There's no question the situation
    has improved the past few days."  Gobrecht said the decision not
    to trade high-salaried players, such as Randy Johnson, has
    "boosted ticket sales" (Jim Street, SEATTLE POST-INTELLEGENCER,
    4/21)....The Mariners will have a free workout at the Kingdome
    for fans the day before their season opener.  The Mariner Moose
    mascot will roam the stands and team representatives will be on
    hand to answer questions (Mariners).
    

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