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  • MARINERS OWNERS MAKE TRIP TO THE MOUND TO MEET WITH GOVERNOR

         A group representing Mariners ownership met with WA state
    political leaders yesterday in Gov. Mike Lowry's office to
    emphasize that they will put the team up for sale if there is no
    new stadium plan in place by the end of the month.  Michael
    Paulson reports in this morning's SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER the
    team also stressed its willingness to contribute $45M toward the
    cost of a new ballpark and that they plan to sign a 20-year lease
    and share any profits with the community.  Lowry still hopes to
    call a special session of the legislature to deal with the
    stadium issue next week, but has made no progress toward a
    possible bill (SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 10/3).  A key lawmaker
    told the TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE that a loss by the team yesterday
    "could have taken some of the momentum away" from the stadium
    effort.  The Mariners won their first division title over the
    Angels (Turner & Callaghan, TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE, 10/3).
    

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  • STRIKE ONE FOR DC: EXPOS OWNER SAYS 'NON' TO SALE OF TEAM

         If the DC area is going to have baseball next season, it
    won't be in the form of the Montreal Expos, the team's owner said
    yesterday.  Claude Brochu said he has no intention of selling the
    club and plans to keep them in Montreal for at least two more
    years.  Thom Loverro reports in this morning's WASHINGTON TIMES
    that Brochu added if there is no improvement in attendance or a
    new league revenue plan after the two-year period, he would have
    to consider putting the club up for sale.  William Collins, head
    of Virginia Baseball, still hopes to buy an existing team and
    move it to Washington for the '96 season.  Baseball officials are
    still reviewing the bid for the Pirates by CA newspaper heir
    Kevin McClatchy, who would keep the club in Pittsburgh for the
    time being.  Collins' group is also waiting on the situation in
    Seattle, where the Mariners have given the state an October 30
    deadline to finance a new stadium (WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/3).  A
    Baltimore SUN editorial approves baseball in Northern VA,
    opposing the view of Orioles Owner Peter Angelos (Baltimore SUN,
    10/2).
    

    Print | Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Franchises, Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners
  • THE VERDICT IS IN -- OILERS SET TO SIGN LETTER OF INTENT

         The Oilers expect to sign a non-binding letter of intent
    Thursday with the Nashville Metro Council that would signal the
    beginning of the team's move to TN.  John Williams reports in
    this morning's HOUSTON CHRONICLE that the city would have a
    series of milestones to reach to attain the team by March.  If
    those are met on time, the Oilers will seek NFL permission to
    move.  As part of the agreement, as long as Nashville continues
    to meet deadlines, the Oilers will not negotiate with any other
    city.  Oilers VP Mike McClure told the CHRONICLE that "in
    reality, negotiations are almost over."  McClure: "If we get this
    done Thursday, there won't be any talking with Houston or any
    other city."  Williams reports the tentative schedule Nashville
    officials must meet includes:  Metro Council approval of a
    financing plan by December 1 that would raise $105M-$140M; state
    Legislature approval of $67M-$80M from potential Oilers sales tax
    revenues by February; private PSL funding raised by March.
    McClure said a study by PSL consultant Max Muhleman showed that
    sales of PSLs in the area "would do quite well" (HOUSTON
    CHRONICLE, 10/3).
         TIME TO REGROUP, RESET?  Houston Mayor Bob Lanier said
    Monday the "best the region could probably offer" is a privately-
    financed $125M open air stadium or refurbished Astrodome -- both
    of which have been dismissed by Adams.  Lanier said he is putting
    a committee together to discuss the city's need for new
    facilities and what it would take to attract the NFL back if the
    Oilers leave.  Williams notes that it will take a $275M-$300M
    package similar to Nashville's to get the NFL back (HOUSTON
    CHRONICLE, 10/3).
    

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