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BREWERS CALL FOR SALARY DEFERMENT NOT A PROBLEM ON STADIUM
Published April 30, 1996
Two members of the Milwaukee Professional Baseball Park District have no problem with reports the team had three of its players defer $1.5M in salary until after the season, according to this morning's MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINEL. The stadium board's Vice Chair, Craig Leipold, did not believe the deferments were "relevant to our situation at all." The board's investment bankers are currently seeking a lender for a $50M loan to the team to help finance the new ballpark. Brewers officials said the request to six players to defer pay "did not mean the team was financially strapped," and one team source said the money would become available in December and January (Kenneth Lamke, MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINEL, 4/30). Brewers manager Phil Garner was told the team did not have a cash flow problem, merely a "cash flow misunderstanding" (USA TODAY, 4/30). FIRE UP THE KIELBASA: The Brewers' weekend promotion, lowering general admission to $3 and bleacher seats to $1 and free parking to early arrivals, increased the three-day gate by as much as 20,000. Team officials figure several more thousand would have attended under better weather. Columnist Dale Hoffman writes the foul conditions "bolstered the argument" for a retractable roof for a new Brewers facility (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL- SENTINEL, 4/30).