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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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