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  • FRANCHISE NOTES

              In Toronto, Blue Jays season-ticket sales are expected
         to be around 22,000, "about the same or up slightly from
         last year."  The team sold 26,000 season tickets when it won
         back-to-back World Series in '92 and '93.  The team also
         does not expect to sell out its home opener (Toronto GLOBE &
         MAIL, 3/19)....In Cleveland, the Browns announced that more
         than 7,000 premium seats have been sold at the new stadium
         (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 3/19)....In Montreal, Canadiens
         officials "admitted yesterday that within the next year or
         two," the team could get an alternate third jersey (Montreal
         GAZETTE, 3/19)....Brewers Manager Phil Garner, on the White
         Sox: "We're not an event to them.  See, that's the other
         reason I don't like them.  [White Sox Owner Jerry] Reinsdorf
         sits in his ivory tower down there and he thinks his crap
         rolls into Milwaukee.  They look down on us.  That's the
         bottom line.  I don't like that" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 3/19).
    
    
    

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  • RAVENS INK FIVE-YEAR CAMP DEAL WITH WESTERN MD

              The Ravens and Western Maryland College reached a five-
         year deal to hold the Ravens' summer training camp at the
         campus through 2001, according to Sheridan Lyons of the
         Baltimore SUN.  The deal includes improvements to fields and
         facilities at the campus, with the Ravens paying "about two-
         thirds of the cost."  Ravens Dir of Information Robert Eller
         said the improvements will cost the team about $250,000
         (Baltimore SUN, 3/19).  
    
    

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  • THE CIRCUS IS NO LONGER IN TOWN FOR ANGELS GAMES

              The Angels are tagging the '97 season as their
         "Breakthrough Season," but according to Mark Tomaszewski of
         the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, "longtime baseball fans might
         prefer another slogan: 'Going, going, gone.'"  Tomaszewski
         notes that the Angel Wing cheerleaders, the "high-volume
         sound effects" and the brass bands on the dugouts will all
         be gone for the upcoming season.  Last season, Anaheim
         Sports Inc. added several entertainment components "that
         were jarring to baseball traditionalists" following Walt
         Disney purchasing controlling interest of the team.  Angels
         Dir of Comm. Bill Robertson notes after an offseason of
         study, the team "decided to tone down the non-baseball
         activities."  Robertson: "From what our fans tell us, they
         prefer to watch the baseball game. ... We'll have better
         control of the entertainment to keep our loyal fans and
         season-ticket base happy" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 3/19).
    
    

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