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  • "WELCOME TO THE SHOW": BUT WILL FANS ACCEPT THE INVITATION?

         MLB returns tonight with the Marlins-Dodgers, to be carried
    nationally on ESPN.  Capacity at Joe Robbie Stadium is 46,238,
    "but how many show up to welcome the major leaguers may be an
    issue that overshadows the game," according to Larry Whiteside in
    this morning's BOSTON GLOBE.  Marlins Manager Rene Lachemann:
    "We have to go after the young fans.  And with a lot more than
    signing autographs.  The fans we lost we may never get back.  So
    we have to go out after some new ones" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/25).
         WHAT IT TAKES:  In San Francisco, Tim Keown quotes an
    unnamed baseball exec saying that MLB won't realize its market
    potential "until they understand they are an industry and not 28
    separate, warring city-states. ... How can Dave Stewart not be a
    major spokesman for the game of baseball?  It's amazing how
    simple it is, but there's such a major rift between labor and
    management that it may never happen" (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE,
    4/25).
         TIME TO THROW OUT THE FIRST POLL:  The CNN/USA TODAY/ Gallup
    Poll surveyed 427 baseball fans from April 17-19; margin of error
    +/- 5% (USA TODAY, 4/25).  "Moneyline's" Lou Dobbs on the
    results:  "Many fans have had it" (CNN, 4/24).
    ARE YOU A FAN OF         (OF THOSE WHO ATTENDED AT LEAST ONE
         PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL?   GAME LAST YEAR):  DO YOU PLAN TO
                NOW   FEB 26      ATTEND ANY MLB GAMES THIS YEAR?
         Yes    41%     49%
         No     59      51        Yes  61%   No  34%   Don't know  5%
    WILL YOU WATCH MORE MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ON TELEVISION THIS
    SEASON, AS MUCH OR LESS?
         Less   48%     As much  43%    More  7%   No opinion  2%
         SIGNS, SIGNS ... EVERYWHERE SIGNS:  The Cardinals drew
    26,033 for an exhibition game against the Mariners with the
    team's promotion "built around" Ken Griffey Jr.  The team's
    season-ticket holders were admitted free with everyone else
    paying $2.50 (SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 4/25)....In Atlanta,
    the Braves drew less than 8,000 for a game against the Yankees.
    Temps were in the 40s.  Paid attendance was announced at 25,309
    due to the game's inclusion in season-ticket packages (ATLANTA
    CONSTITUTION, 4/25)....An "unheard-of" 7,500 tickets remain for
    the Blue Jays' home opener.  Thus far, the Jays do not have one
    sell-out for any of their first 15 games (TORONTO SUN,
    4/25)....David Letterman:  "In an effort to bring a lot of people
    out to Shea Stadium this year, earlier today the Mets held a
    press conference and announced that all Mets 1995 games would be
    played on the road" ("Late Night," CBS, 4/24).
    

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  • INDY RACING LEAGUE SETS DATES FOR '96 INAUGURAL SEASON

         The Indy Racing League announced dates for four of its races
    during its inaugural '96 season:  The Indy 200 at Walt Disney
    World's planned 1.1 mile oval on January 27;  Phoenix 200 at
    Phoenix Int'l Raceway on March 24;  Indianapolis 500 on its
    traditional Memorial Day date, May 26; and the Las Vegas 200
    September 15.  Two more IRL dates may come at a later date.  ABC
    will broadcast each race (IRL).
         WARRING LEAGUES?  In Boston, Michael Vega examines the
    problems that may develop between IndyCar and the IRL.  Many
    IndyCar drivers are concerned that non-sanctioning by the IRL
    could keep them out of the Indy 500.  IndyCar CEO Andrew Craig
    said the issue is power:  "We've come down to one issue, and
    that's that the [Indianapolis Motor] Speedway wants to either
    have the power to run the series or at least to have most of the
    power in running the series."  Car owner Derrick Walker is afraid
    the conflict could be "divisive to the sport":  "I think we'll
    all lose. ... My sponsors want to go to the Indy 500 and I'm sure
    the Indy 500 wants our team and wants our sponsors.  So I think
    if the IRL is going to evolve, it has to recognize there are
    other interests for these teams and the rules should be open
    enough to allow a team to go to the Indy 500 even if it doesn't
    go to the whole series" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/23).
    

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  • UMPIRES REJECT LATEST OFFER; BATTLE LOOMS IN ONTARIO COURT

         The American and National Leagues released the details of
    their latest offer to locked-out umpires, which the umps
    rejected.  The SALARY range would increase from $60,000-175,000
    to $70,000-215,000.  POST-SEASON PAY:  Umpires who work the
    division series would receive $7,500, LCS $10,000, and World
    Series $12,500.  In addition, all umpires would receive $20,000
    from the post-season pool.  SEVERANCE PAY would increase to
    $335,000; DISABILITY PAY would increase from a max of
    $5,000/month to $6,500; and PER DIEM ALLOWANCE would go from
    $206.50 to $215.  NL President Leonard Coleman:  "Every umpire
    has had between a $16,000 and $20,000 raise, incrementally, over
    the last four years.  No one expects them to go without one for
    the next four years."  AL President Gene Budig:  "Our offer
    exceeds the percentage increases that the country's top
    management consultants have projected for senior executive
    compensation" (AL/NL).
         NO DEAL:  The umpires rejected the offer, "making it likely
    replacements will be working the delayed season opener" in
    Florida tonight.  MLBUA General Counsel Richie Phillips claims
    the owners' proposal doesn't address the fact that only one
    umpire would be eligible to make $215,000, that the number of
    post-season games has been doubled, and the rising costs of
    living on the road (Ronald Blum, AP/FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM,
    4/25).
         SEE YOU IN TORONTO:  The Ontario Labor Relations Board has
    scheduled a hearing for tomorrow morning on the MLBUA's claim
    that replacements are barred under provincial labor law.  The
    leagues argue that cancelling Jays games during the lock-out
    "could trigger wild protests, injury and property damage" (Tony
    van Alphen, TORONTO STAR, 4/25).
    

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