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BARRACUDAS SEEM TO BE SWIMMING IN UNFRIENDLY WATERS
Published June 20, 1995
The CFL "is bracing itself for yet another potential disaster," according to Marty York in today's Toronto GLOBE & MAIL. The Birmingham Barracudas have "generated virtually no fan interest" since being granted a franchise this past winter. Team officials "were embarrassed" yesterday because, aside from the 2,000 season ticket holders, no tickets have been sold for their inaugural home opener, scheduled for July 15. Barracudas Owner A.L. Williams: "I'm worried. We have 83,000 seats at our stadium. So far, only 2,000 are spoken for. I have no idea how many more we'll sell." In an effort to increase interest -- "in a hurry" -- Williams has decided to pay $40,000 himself so that the team's exhibition game Saturday and its regular-season opener in Winnipeg on July 4 can be televised in Birmingham. Since it is a last-minute decision, there are no TV sponsors and all the commercials will be Barracudas commercials. Williams is reportedly paying to broadcast the games "just to advertise" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 6/20).