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FRANCHISE NOTES: AZTECAS MAKE A RUN FOR THE BORDER
Published July 21, 1995
The CBA's Mexico Aztecas will move to San Diego for the '95- 96 season, the team announced yesterday. The to-be-renamed CBA club will play home games at the former home of the Clippers -- The San Diego Sports Arena. Team officials said that they will market themselves to fans in Tijuana and may play a few games there (AP/Tacoma NEWS-TRIBUNE, 7/20)....The Rapid City Thrillers of the CBA will set up shop next season in West Palm Beach. Team president John Samuelson said the team was not profitable despite drawing well in Rapid City (MIAMI HERALD, 7/20).... In his column in this morning's ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, Bernie Miklasz criticizes Anheuser-Busch for letting the Cardinals deteriorate and warns the Rams not to become complacent (ST. LOUIS POST- DISPATCH, 7/21)...."Like it or not," Astros Owner Drayton McLane has proposed a new deal to keep his club's spring training operations in Kissimmee, FL for another five years. The city has not responded, and Osceloa County officials are saying "they are not sure they want the Astros." Alan Truex reports that the Orioles could be a possible competitor for Kissimmee (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 7/18)....In Hartford, the Whalers are pushing to sell 10,000 season tickets this season. Owner Peter Karamanos says the team lost $11.5M last year and played before the most empty seats in the NHL. The team had about 5,500 season tickets last season. A TV ad campaign runs this summer and sales reps are out in Hartford and around CT and Western MA trying to get the word out (Jeff Jacobs, HARTFORD COURANT, 7/16).