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EXPOS SEEING RED: CAN IMPROBABLE PLAYOFF RUN SALVAGE LOSSES?

     The Expos are on the verge of losing C$4M this season,
according to Marty York of the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL. York notes
that only an "unusually long playoff run" will enable the club to
have "any chance" of finishing in the black, adding that despite
being in the thick of the NL Wild Card race this year, attendance
is the third lowest in the league.  Last year, the Expos turned a
profit of C$40,000.  Expos VP of Finance Laurier Carpentier:
"I'm extremely disappointed. ... We're looking at a bad loss.  I
think it would be safe for us to use the figure of C$4 million.
And that's hard for us to take."  Carpentier added that besides
the '94 strike year, '96 is the "worst season" the Expos have had
financially.  He did call the subject of potential relocation
from Montreal "too premature at this time," but noted the club's
partnership will meet after the season to determine the team's
future.  Citing club sources, York writes the Expos could recover
about C$1.8-6.5M if they qualify for the playoffs and make it all
the way to the World Series (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 9/6).
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