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COLD FEET IN FLORIDA? MARLINS SALE MAY BE ON ICE

          Marlins Owner Wayne Huizenga plans to meet with local
     politicians in the next two weeks to "discuss the
     possibility" of a publicly funded baseball-only new ballpark,
     and if he gets one, "he will keep the team," according to
     Mike Phillips of the MIAMI HERALD.  With the World Series
     heightening South FL's interest in the team, "not only" is
     Huizenga considering keeping the team, but local politicians
     "are approaching him for the first time" about a new ballpark
     (MIAMI HERALD, 10/26).  In Fort Lauderdale, Larry Lebowitz
     reports that a team of Huizenga lobbyists is "looking at a
     variety of possible public funding options and sites" (Ft.
     Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL, 10/26).  Huizenga, on his expected
     losses: "Right now I'm in for $235 million and we're trying
     to sell the Marlins for $160 million.  So, if I get my price,
     I'll still lose $75 million.  It's been a pretty bad
     experience for five years" (USA TODAY, 10/27).
          POST-PARTY INTERVIEW: Huizenga was interviewed on NBC's 
     "Today" show.  Huizenga, on the sale of the team: "I believe
     that in order for us to get a stadium in this town that I
     have to remove myself from the process" ("Today," NBC 10/27).

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