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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).
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