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DISNEY STILL LURKING IN THE OUTFIELD ON ANGELS SALE?

     Former MLB Commissioner and Angels suitor Peter Ueberroth
told the L.A. TIMES the Walt Disney Co. is still in discussions
about buying the Angels despite the fact the company's exclusive
rights to buy the team have ended.  Ueberroth, who heads a group
interested in buying the team, said they have been "made aware
that (the Angels, Disney, and Anaheim) are continuing
discussions, and we're choosing not to step forward until these
discussion have concluded."  But Disney Sports Enterprises
spokesperson Bill Robertson was "adamant" that talks between
Disney and the city had ended.  Anaheim City Manager James Ruth
said city officials met for over three hours yesterday, and,
while they were "not negotiating with anybody," he did not "rule
out the possibility that talks with Disney might be revived"
(Hernandez & DiGiovanna, L.A. TIMES, 3/20).  Tony Tavares, Disney
Sports Enterprises President, said talks on the Angels were
"over" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 3/19).
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