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YEA, MICKEY! THE DAY AFTER DISNEY'S PLAY FOR THE ANGELS
Published May 22, 1995
Reports that Tony Tavares, President of the Mighty Ducks and Disney Sports Enterprises, will oversee both Duck and Angel operations are "fairly accurate," according to Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. TIMES. Jackie Autry said Angels President Richard Brown will run the team until the fall, and could stay on past then. Autry: "Disney will come in and evaluate people over a period of months, and if they're capable, they'll stay. I know Disney wants a strong marketing program, so they'll be supplementing our efforts in that area. If anyone is anxious about the situation, they're anticipating something that won't happen. That's not Disney's style" (L.A. TIMES, 5/20). SMILES, EVERYBODY, SMILES: DiGiovanna reports that there does "not appear to be any panic in the Angels front office." Angels Asst GM Tim Mead: "Privately, maybe there's some anxiety, but if you can't be excited about the possibilities [with Disney], I would say you have to change your outlook. I don't know how it will affect the team, but everyone is very optimistic and positive." Angels VP of Marketing Joe Schrier says he sees the sale "as a very positive move that will benefit all" (L.A. TIMES, 5/20). Further from the scene, Peter Gammons writes that it "may be a boon to baseball to get some of the creative Disney thinking injected into what has not exactly been a creatively marketed entity" (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/21). TONY, MEET STAN: If Tavares takes responsibility for the Angels, it would put him in the same position as Braves/ Hawks President Stan Kasten -- the only sports exec who manages two teams in two leagues on a daily basis. Kasten: "Plenty of people work long hours. Plenty of people work two or three jobs. The most difficult thing for me is the emotional stress of sweating out a score almost every night of the year. To a certain respect, your livelihood is on the line every night. ... If sleep is important, you might want to think twice about it" (L.A. TIMES, 5/21). CITY OF ANGELS: Philip Anschutz, Chair of Southern Pacific Rail Corp., and Edward Roski of Majestic Realty, who want to buy the Kings and move them to downtown L.A., "have also had discussions with the Clippers about playing in their proposed new arena" (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 5/20).