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  • DOWN ON THE FARM: MAJOR HAPPENINGS IN THE MINOR LEAGUES

         EXCITEMENT RAINING DOWN ON TACOMA:  Since Mariners moved
    their AAA affiliation from Calgary to Tacoma, there is now
    renewed interest in a region "eager to play ball."  6,500 of
    10,000 tickets have already been sold for tonight's Rainiers'
    opener, "making a sellout likely."  Along with the renewed fan
    interest, the team has sold 24 corporate sponsorships to local
    and national companies for $37,500 each.  Among the sponsors:
    Alaska Airlines, Domino's Pizza, Pepsi, and Boeing Co.  Rainiers
    Dir of Community Relations Kevin Kalal:  "I thought we would have
    trouble selling 20 corporate sponsors when we started, but now
    we're looking for two more on top of the 24."  According to
    Kalal, the team has also sold more caps in December '94 than all
    last year (Angelo Bruscas, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 4/6).  The
    Tacoma AAA team was known as the Tigers in '94.
         BISONS HOPE TO HERD SOME YOUNG'UNS:  The AAA Buffalo Bisons
    will be focusing on making games more enjoyable for kids this
    season.  Through the corporate sponsorship of Jubilee Foods,
    Independent Health, Polaroid and Putt-Putt, the team is able to
    offer "Kids Korner" -- an area designated for kids -- which
    includes a special concession stand serving such items as grilled
    cheese and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, a photo booth
    where they can get their picture taken with a favorite team
    mascot or character and a new play area.  Bisons Public Relations
    Dir John Isherwood:  "Bison baseball is all about the family and
    kids" (Bisons).
         TAKING ONE LAST BITE OUT OF BIG MAC:  The AAA Syracuse
    Chiefs, playing their last season at 62-year-old MacArthur
    Stadium, have a new logo and slogan this season called "Last
    Crack At Big Mac."  The slogan is being used to commemorate the
    final season at MacArthur and is being used on all Chiefs printed
    materials and merchandise (Chiefs).
         SPORTSCENTER COMING UP NEXT:  This Sunday will mark the
    first nationally televised game in franchise history for the AAA
    Phoenix Firebirds when they take on the Las Vegas Stars on ESPN.
    With the national exposure, the team is sponsoring a contest to
    award two season tickets to the fan displaying the most creative
    Firebirds/ESPN banner (Firebirds).
         TRACKING MICK E. MOOSE:  The IHL Minnesota Moose have
    announced the kick-off of the "Big Game Hunt," a "fan friendly"
    program created to alleviate confusion as to where the Moose are
    playing their playoff games.  Due to schedule conflicts, the
    Moose will be playing their first round playoff games in the
    Target Center instead of the normal St. Paul Civic Center.
    Details of the "Big Game Hunt" are being broadcast on local radio
    and newspapers (Moose).
    

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  • FRANCHISE NOTES: SOX TO AZ? RIGAS TO MEET W/PIRATES OWNERS

         According to reports in the ARIZONA DAILY STAR and TUCSON
    CITIZEN, the White Sox are considering moving their spring
    training facility to Tucson.  The team currently trains in
    Sarasota, FL (WASHINGTON POST, 4/6)....Adelphia Communications
    Chair John Rigas said yesterday he will meet next week with
    Pirates owners to discuss his bid for the team.  Rigas, who has a
    $85.15M bid for the club, says he is committed to the deal but
    wants to "take a closer look" because of the strike and "uneasy
    settlement between players and owners" (Baltimore SUN, 4/6)....WI
    voters Tuesday rejected a plan to create a sports lottery to help
    fund a new ballpark for the Brewers by a 2-1 margin.  Owner Bud
    Selig says area business leaders and lawmakers now "must step up
    to the plate" if the team is to survive.  Expanded Indian gaming
    and sales taxes have been mentioned as other ways to finance a
    $223M ballpark (Baltimore SUN, 4/6).
    

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  • ORIOLES FUND LAWMAKERS WHO HELPED THEM DURING STRIKE

         Orioles Owner Peter Angelos donated thousands of dollars to
    four Maryland lawmakers instrumental in passing bills that would
    have barred replacements from playing in state-owned Oriole Park
    at Camden Yards, according to the CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE.  State
    Senators John Pica, Norman Stone and Thomas Bromwell and Delegate
    Gerald Curran all rejected notions that Angelos' donations, made
    after the '94 elections, create a conflict of interest.  The bill
    would have protected Angelos in any legal battle with other
    owners for refusing to field replacement players.  The donations
    from the team, Angelos' law firm and Angelos himself, range from
    $2,000-4,500.  All four legislators sponsored the bill in some
    way; Pica and Stone are associates in Angelos' law firm.  Deborah
    Povich, of Common Cause Maryland, called the donations "clear
    attempts to curry favor from legislators" (Peter Brush, CAPITAL
    NEWS/WASHINGTON TIMES, 4/6).
    

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