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EXPERTS CLAMOR TO WORK WITH RED SOX, BUT WILL THEY TAKE AID?

          In MA, PR execs, lobbyists and "assorted other experts
     on the art of the deal are lining up at the door" of the Red
     Sox, offering the club help in building a new ballpark,
     according to Anthony Flint of the BOSTON GLOBE.  But the
     team has not "enlisted anyone's aid, despite the need to lay
     groundwork for such a massive project -- raising further
     speculation that the club may be happy for the moment with
     the status quo, or is preparing to sell the team before
     beginning any stadium construction."  While the team has
     "prepared plans" that show what their ballpark needs would
     be, it hasn't "taken what many regard as the critical step; 
     marshalling political support in City Hall and on Beacon
     Hill, doing community outreach and shaping an image for the
     team for the next century.  And that's where Boston's
     dealmakers are clamoring to help" (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/2).
          KEEP YOUR SOX ON:  One source close to the team said
     the Red Sox "need to step back and say yes, this is a
     wonderful asset that we have, and there's incredible
     attachment in this community for this team, but that this
     issue doesn't get resolved at the emotional level.  This is
     a financial, land-use and political issue.  And they really
     do need help."  Among those mentioned as possible advisors
     include Larry Moulter, former FleetCenter Chair now at Woolf
     Assoc.  Regarding a possible sale, sources close to the Red
     Sox say "there is no plan whatsoever to sell the team," but
     that they are "merely moving slowly" after seeing the
     stadium troubles of the Patriots (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/2).

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