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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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