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  • DEVIL RAYS IT IS: NAME WINS OUT OVER MANTA RAYS IN TAMPA

         The Devil Rays placed ads in local papers this morning
    informing fans that the team's name would, in fact, be the Devil
    Rays.  Team Managing General Partner Vince Naimoli originally
    named the team Devil Rays, but allowed fans to choose between
    that and Manta Rays after initial reaction to the name was
    negative (Joe Henderson, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 4/3).
    

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  • HOW DO CITIES MEASURE UP AS MAJOR LEAGUE?

         Whether a city is capable of supporting an MLB team is
    examined by Ty Ahmad-Taylor in the Sunday N.Y. TIMES.  Money and
    fans are "just two factors in deciding where teams play," as the
    piece notes that some cities have been awarded teams after
    threatening legal action against the league's antitrust
    exemption.  Economists say an MLB team can make it in a
    metropolitan area with: 1) a population over one million; 2) a
    high percentage of men between 18 and 54; 3) per capita income
    above the national average; 4) high population growth; and, 5) a
    high proportion of businesses with more than 500 employees --
    likely to buy luxury suites.  55 metropolitan areas with at least
    one million in population were measured against the four
    necessities of supporting a team:  27 areas were classified as
    definitely able to support an MLB team; nine were listed as
    "possibly" able; 19 not able (N.Y. TIMES, 4/2).  Cities in caps
    do not have an MLB team or expansion franchise.
         DEFINITELY CAN SUPPORT A TEAM: L.A./Long Beach; New York;
    Chicago; Philadelphia; WASHINGTON; Detroit; Houston; Atlanta;
    Boston; DALLAS (separate from Fort Worth); Twin Cities; Orange
    County; Baltimore; Phoenix/Mesa; Seattle/ Bellevue; Oakland;
    PORTLAND, OR; Kansas City; San Francisco; SAN JOSE; Ft.
    Worth/Arlington; INDIANAPOLIS; COLUMBUS; CHARLOTTE; HARTFORD;
    MIDDLESEX, NJ; LAS VEGAS.
         COULD POSSIBLY SUPPORT A TEAM:  San Diego; NEWARK; Denver;
    Cincinnati; SACRAMENTO; ORLANDO; BERGEN CO., NJ;
    GREENSBORO/WINSTON-SALEM; ROCHESTER.
         CAN NOT SUPPORT A TEAM:  RIVERSIDE/SAN BERNANDINO;
    NASSAU/SUFFOLK; St. Louis; Pittsburgh; Cleveland; Tampa Bay;
    Miami; NORFOLK/NEWPORT NEWS; Milwaukee; SAN ANTONIO; FT.
    LAUDERDALE; NEW ORLEANS; BUFFALO; SALT LAKE CITY; PROVIDENCE;
    MEMPHIS; NASHVILLE; MONMOUTH, NJ; OKLAHOMA CITY (N.Y. TIMES,
    4/2).
    

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  • NFL, RAMS INCH CLOSER TO A DEAL; DISNEY AWAITS

         Negotiations between the Rams and NFL officials hinge on the
    amount of PSL money the team will offer the league, according to
    the BOSTON GLOBE's Will McDonough.  "Sources close to the
    negotiations" say the team has increased its original $25.5M
    offer to $40M, but the league wants $70M, "and has taken the
    stance that $40 million is not enough" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/2).  Rams
    President John Shaw says the two sides "remain far apart
    financially," and that the team will file a lawsuit by April 17
    if nothing is worked out at the April 12 owners meeting.  Shaw
    held out the possibility that the Rams "could decide to pack
    their bags, head to St. Louis for the '95 season and tell the
    league: Try to stop us."  Shaw: "I'm not saying that's a
    probability, but there's a chance of that" (Jim Thomas, ST. LOUIS
    POST-DISPATCH, 4/1).
         THE COMMISH:  In Atlanta, Len Pasquarelli writes, while
    settling without a court battle may look like a victory for NFL
    Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, "no one should be deceived ... For
    one thing, the league is caving in to Georgia Frontiere, one of
    its least-formidable owners and a person her colleagues felt they
    could crack -- and possibly force to sell the team."  Second, "a
    compromise renders the NFL's relocation guidelines ... all but
    meaningless.  Finally, the league is once again showing its true
    colors.  To no one's surprise, the favorite tint is green.  All
    along, while Tagliabue hid behind flimsy excuses" -- protecting
    CA's fans and Fox's interests -- "the Rams situation has boiled
    down to money" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 4/2).
         THE MOUSE WAITS TO POUNCE:  Tony Tavares, President of
    Disney Sports Enterprises, says Disney may be interested in an
    NFL team if the league approves a Rams move.  Tavares: "We're
    waiting to see how it all shakes out. We don't want to interfere
    in the Rams' business" (WASHINGTON POST, 4/3).
    

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