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DERS MOVE TOWARD ACTION TO KEEP MARINERS

WA's top three political leaders are determined to keep the
Mariners in Seattle by coming up with a way to finance a new
ballpark.  Michael Paulson reports in this morning's SEATTLE
POST-INTELLIGENCER that Gov. Mike Lowry, Speaker Clyde Ballard
and Senate Majority Leader Marc Gaspard "appear increasingly
likely to call the Legislature back for a special session to deal
with the stadium issue."  However, "they will do so only if they
can reach a deal acceptable" to legislative majorities, the
Governor, the Mariners and a majority of the King County Council.
Ballard, a Republican, "appeared to be relaxing his demand" that
a special session include overriding a veto on a business tax cut
by Lowry earlier this year.  Meanwhile, King County Exec Gary
Locke, who had insisted money for the Mariners be accompanied by
financing to help pay for last year's Kingdome repairs,  now says
"priority number one is saving the baseball team" (SEATTLE POST-
INTELLIGENCER, 9/27).
     REGIONAL TEAM, OR NEW RIVAL?  On Monday, Portland Mayor Vera
Katz voiced her support to bring baseball to the city and
proposed that a task force recommend how to lure a team within
two to three months.  Abby Haight reports that one possibility
could be the Mariners as a regional team, splitting games between
Portland, Seattle and Vancouver.  Tom Glasgow, President of the
Portland Metropolitan Sports Authority, believes regionalization
would create a TV market among baseball's top ten (OREGONIAN,
7/26).
     WATCHING AND WAITING:  William Collins' Virginia Baseball
group has focused on the Mariners as "the principal team in its
sights now" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 9/27).
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