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BALTIMORE AHL ANNOUNCES AFFILIATION WITH DISNEY

     Alan Gertner and Robert Teck, the principal investors in a
new Baltimore AHL franchise, announced yesterday that an
affiliation agreement has been signed with Disney Sports
Enterprises, Inc., parent company of the NHL's Mighty Ducks.
Disney is currently developing the AHL team's name and colors,
which are expected to be announced within the next 45 days.  AHL
President Dave Andrews:  "The [AHL] is excited to have the Disney
organization and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim as part of our
family" (AHL).  According to Disney Sports Enterprises President
Tony Tavares, the affiliation agreement is for five years, two
years longer than the most common operating agreements in the
minor leagues (Sandra McKee, Baltimore SUN, 5/16).
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