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N.L. BOSS HINTS ASTROS COULD MOVE WITHOUT MORE FAN SUPPORT
Published January 10, 1996
NL President Leonard Coleman, in Houston to drum up support for an Astros season ticket drive, hinted they might be allowed to move to VA if projections are not met. According to the HOUSTON CHRONICLE, Coleman said it would be unfair to force Owner Drayton McLane to continue assuming huge losses. Coleman: "We can't look at a private entrepreneur and say year after year you've got to run up deficits. ... If Houstonians step up to the plate, we'll be in good shape" (John William, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 1/9). Since McLane's November announcement that he would give the city one more chance, only 3,500 season tickets have been sold -- 900 of which are new orders. The Astros need to sell approximately 18,000 more season tickets and at least 12,000 other seats per game to meet the attendance goal of 2.5 million fans next season (WASHINGTON TIMES, 1/10).