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

         It will be "some time" yet before the AAA Edmonton Trappers'
    new ball park has a name, according to Robin Brownlee of the
    EDMONTON JOURNAL.  Reg Berry of Pocklington Sports Marketing, on
    the sale of naming rights to the park:  "We have absolutely
    nothing now. ... The proposals are out and we're waiting to hear
    if we can advance to the next step with anybody."  Brownlee
    reports the Trappers are looking for a possible 10-year deal at
    $250,000 per year, although those are "unconfirmed figures."
    According to Ford spokesperson Jim Hartford, that company is
    contemplating an offer but has made no decision (EDMONTON
    JOURNAL, 5/27).
         MORE NAMING RIGHTS NEWS:  The City of Buffalo is sending out
    requests for proposals for the naming rights to the downtown
    stadium (formerly known as Pilot Field).  The minimum bid request
    is $300,000.  The city is working in conjunction with the AAA
    Bisons to offer a benefits package that has an estimated value of
    $600,000.  Highlights:  signage inside and outside and various
    p.r. oportunities such as on-air game announcements and a 30-
    second radio spot on each broadcast (Bisons).  According to Steve
    Banko, aide to Buffalo Mayor Anthony Masiello, the city "has been
    very encouraged by the interest" in the stadium.  Companies
    reportedly interested:  Molson Distributors, USA, and local
    companies, Pratton & Lambert Paint, Key Bank of New York, M & T
    Bank, Tops Markets, and Channel 7 (THE DAILY).
         NO CLOWNING AROUND:  In keeping with their celebration of
    their Sunset Season (a look back at the 65-year history of
    baseball at Bush Stadium), the AAA Indianapolis Indians will wear
    replica uniforms of the 1954 Negro League Indianapolis Clowns
    during their June 4 game against the Bisons.  The game will serve
    as a fundraiser for the Crispus Attucks Museum.  Also, the first
    2,500 fans at the game will recieve an Indianapolis Clowns
    replica cap, courtesy of Pepsi and other area companies
    (Indians).
    

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  • LABATT OFFICIALS CLAIM THEY ARE EXPECTING A RIVAL BID

         John Labatt Ltd. officials said yesterday "publicly and
    privately" that they are expecting to receive a rival bid to
    Onex's C$2.3B offer, according to this morning's FINANCIAL POST.
    Denmark's Carlsberg is seen as "the most likely prospective
    bidder" (FINANCIAL POST, 6/1).  The restructuring of TSN,
    Labatt's sports cable broadcast property, to create a C$150M tax
    liability for an unwelcome investor was called as an "incentive"
    for a rival to outbid Onex by Labatt spokesperson Paul Smith.
    One Onex official told the GLOBE & MAIL that the company had
    already accounted for the C$150M as a windfall in their bid for
    Labatt's and that the possible loss of those funds "would lower
    Labatt's value and the bid price" (Marina Strauss, GLOBE & MAIL,
    6/1)
    

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  • THE "LOVERS QUARREL" BETWEEN FANS AND BASEBALL LIVES ON

         Reports in New York and Atlanta this morning chronicle the
    large number of empty seats the Braves and Mets have seen this
    season.  However, in Cleveland, the Indians are still reaping
    benefits of the two-year-old ballpark:       BRAVES:  Columnist
    Tim Tucker reports that the Braves, "aside from season tickets,
    have sold less than 2,000 seats for today's opener of a 10-game
    homestand," and the team has sold less than 5,000 for all but two
    of the ten games.  Tucker notes the Braves have sold 78% through
    season ticket sales and that the rate generally has ranged from
    25-50%.  Last season, the Braves averaged 46,168.  Tucker: "It
    all makes you wonder anew: What are Don Fehr and Bud Selig doing?
    Why are they not meeting, trying every day to find a way out of
    this mess?" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 6/1).
         METS:  N.Y. POST columnist Wallace Matthews:  "If there is
    still any doubt that baseball and its fans are in the midst of a
    lover's quarrel, yesterday's game wiped it out for good," as
    13,794 attended yesterday's Padres game "on an afternoon baseball
    was invented for."  Matthews describes the number of fans left in
    the 10th inning as "a handful" that "dwindled from what could
    best be called a 'gathering' when the game began" (N.Y. POST,
    6/1).  While the Mets paid attendance is up this year, actual
    attendance is down 3%. "Meaning each night, 31 percent of the
    crowd is dressed as empty chairs.  Last year, 28 percent of the
    announced crowd never attended" (Anthony Gargano, N.Y. POST,
    6/1).
         INDIANS:  In Cleveland, the Indians have sold over 2,233,771
    tickets for the '95 season, guaranteeing them at least the second
    highest mark in club history.  Through 11 home dates, the team is
    averaging 34,011 a game (Indians).
    

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