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MARINERS NEED GRIFFEY AS THEY FACE 0-2 HOLE AS SEASON OPENS
Published April 25, 1995
The "long-term future of baseball in Seattle" is being debated in Olympia this week, according to Angelo Bruscas in this morning's SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER. The "score on financing a new stadium is deadlocked with the Mariners at bat and two strikes already against them." If the team fails in the Legislature, they face few options when the Kingdome lease expires after '96. The two proposals before the Legislature consist of funding a new $250M stadium with King County-wide 0.1% sales tax (that would need voter approval), or finance the project "through a rebate" of 0.1% to the county from sales taxes already collected, not subject to a referendum. If the Legislature fails to reach an agreement during their special session, the Mariners have said "they will start looking elsewhere for a new home." The team is concerned that a local- option tax increase would not pass a public vote (SEATTLE POST- INTELLIGENCER, 4/25). The chances of the Mariners moving, possibly to Orlando, is examined by Tom Farrey of the SEATTLE TIMES. Farrey writes that FL developer Norton Herrick's interest in buying the team might previously have been "cause for civic panic," but it's a "buyer's market now." Farrey also notes "competition from other leagues" as factor working against a Mariner's move. The NHL is planning to expand, and Arena Football, Major League Soccer and the UBL all are "moving into growth markets and absorbing civic funds" (SEATTLE TIMES, 4/24).