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Published February 2, 1996
The Mariners' success of last season, seen as key to keeping the team in Seattle, is profiled by Tom Verducci in the current SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. OF Jay Buhner: "Do you know what kind of pressure that is? Knowing if you don't win, the team's going to skip town?" Mariners CEO John Ellis said after they received the funding for a new ballpark, "I walked into the office and told people, 'We've lived a day-to-day existence. Now I want you to start thinking long-term -- three, five, 10 years down the line.' I can't tell you what is meant to be able to say that" (SI, 2/5 issue). ....A season-low attendance of 938 watched as the IHL L.A. Ice Dogs beat the Peoria Rivermen at the Sports Arena (L.A. TIMES, 2/1)....Nashville Mayor Phil Bredesen has suggested a poll to "avoid taking a costly public ballot on whether Nashville should build a new home for the Oilers." Bredesen also said the Oilers have asked for 26 additional luxury suites at the new stadium in TN (TENNESSEAN, 1/31). ....FANS, Inc. the civic group that brought the Rams to St. Louis, "no longer exists." Former Sen. Tom Eagleton, who headed FANS, said "there was nothing for me to do. We were created to facilitate getting a team. We weren't created to operate a team, or to buy a team." Eagleton said there are still 250 PSLs for sale and 425 club seats, with 93 luxury boxes sold. He will now work to build a new convention hotel in downtown (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 2/2).