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COLD FEET IN FLORIDA? MARLINS SALE MAY BE ON ICE
Published October 27, 1997
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).