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FOURTH GROUP STEPS UP FOR ROYALS, BUT WILL TEAM EXECS SELL?

          A group headed by K.C. businessman Frank Oddo "was
     identified Friday as the fourth group interested in bidding
     for the Royals," according to Crumpley & Whitlock of the
     K.C. STAR.  Oddo said late Friday that he has assembled
     "eight wealthy investors -- all local" -- who are interested
     in buying the team.  Oddo, who would not identify the would-
     be investors: "I've been trying to buy them for six months.
     ... I don't think they're interested in selling."  Local
     businessperson Jerry Green expressed his desire to buy the
     team on Thursday, but "complained about the reluctance of
     the Royals' board of directors to sell" (K.C. STAR, 9/20). 
          UPON FURTHER REVIEW: Royals Chair & CEO David Glass
     said it was "great that we now have a level of interest" in
     team.  But the K.C. STAR's  Crumpley wrote "whether that
     level of interest can last is a question.  As the two new
     possible owners stepped forward, the two old possible owners
     seemed less confident about continuing."  Glass, "long
     considered the front-runner ... may be out if prospective
     bidders for the team prove to be solid."  Bobby Brett, on an
     ownership group headed by him, his brother, George, and
     business exec Bill Pereira: "This year, our interest has
     really waned" (K.C. STAR, 9/21).  Columnist Jason Whitlock,
     on the Royals' Glass, President Mike Herman and GM Herk
     Robinson: "Now, for the good of [K.C.], it's time they step
     aside, put the franchise up for auction and accept our warm
     thanks for watching over the baseball club. ... [T]hey have
     outstayed their usefulness and are on the verge of
     destroying the franchise" (K.C. STAR, 9/21).

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