SBD/19/Leagues Governing Bodies

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              "Some 5,000 to 7,000 fans jammed downtown Phoenix, where
         officials of the fledgling" Diamondbacks and Devil Rays
         "gathered to build a future for their teams, one player at a
         time," according to Hoye & Ropp of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. 
         Outside the draft, "people from all over the country blended
         together for the afternoon to watch the draft unfold,
         transforming Phoenix Civic Plaza into a giant tailgate party"
         (Hoye & Ropp, ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 11/19).
              DESERT NOTES: Marlins GM Dave Dombrowski, on having the
         Devil Rays join the FL market: "I don't think Tampa Bay is
         going to have much on our market per say as far as our
         drawing audience is concerned.  Most of our fans come from
         South Florida, a few from Central Florida, and they'll have a
         chance to go back and forth to both places.  Our key
         primarily is going to be if we can get a new stadium"
         ("SportsCenter," 11/18).  Expos GM Jim Beattie, on the team 
         being forced to dump large salaries: "For us to really build
         some stability with the revenues that will enable us to keep
         these players, that's gonna' come in the package of a new
         stadium, and that's all [that's] important to us right now"
         ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 11/18).  Red Sox CEO John Harrington,
         asked on future expansion: "Before we expand we'll have to
         see an increase in our talent base" (USA TODAY, 11/19).  For
         media coverage of the draft, see (#8).

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