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Published March 10, 1998
MLB: ESPN's Peter Gammons reported that Marlins President Don Smiley thinks a deal to buy the team "will be done by sometime in May or June." Gammons adds that the Marlins are "still looking at possibly ending up with close to" 13,000 or 14,000 season tickets, "which isn't that great a decline from the" 16,500 the team had in '97 ("Baseball Tonight," 3/9)....The D'Backs are considering a proposal to transport fans to games in shuttle buses. D'Backs Managing General Partner Jerry Colangelo: "I think the potential is there for a crisis." The cost of the shuttle service could come from the city's share of new sales-tax dollars generated by the baseball team (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 3/10). HOCKEY: Red Wings Owner Mike Ilitch, after matching the $38M offer sheet for Sergei Fedorov and the impact of lucrative contracts on the NHL: "[T]he difference in hockey is that we don't have the owners ... to sustain that kind of heat. They're not getting anything out of national TV, so you've only got your gate, basically" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 3/10)....Despite his increasing interest in film production and the increased role of co-Owner Roger Marino, Penguins co-Owner Howard Baldwin said there is "no change" in his role with the team. Baldwin: "I've always been devoted to the Pens, it's just that now I have a partner [Marino] who is really enjoying it, and that's a good thing." Baldwin, asked if he will keep his interest in the team: "Absolutely" (TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 3/10)....The WPHL announced the addition of its 15th franchise for next season in Tupelo, MS. The team joins two other new franchises in Corpus Christi, TX and Arkansas (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 3/9). NOTES: The Bills and Rochester, NY-based Wegmans Food Markets are negotiating for the supermarket chain to become the team's new main ticket outlet, making tickets available in 55 stores in NY and PA (DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE, 3/9)...The NPSL Milwaukee Wave announced a sellout of 18,000-plus for its game Friday night, the largest crowd in Wave and NPSL history. The "drawing card" is Brett Favre, who will appear in a halftime promo titled "One on One with Brett Favre" and will throw 30 passes to fans in a fund-raising event for Children's Hospital of WI (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 3/7).