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Published March 11, 1998
N.Y. art dealer Jeffrey Loria was the "behind-the- scenes man who would have bankrolled" K.C. banker Jerry Green's purchase of the Royals. However, Green said yesterday that it's "highly unlikely" he'll be able to bid for the club, as he has "been unable to find another partner" (K.C. STAR, 3/11)....The Angels will bring back a live organist for their home games this season. Last year, the team played recorded rock music during games (O.C. REGISTER, 3/10)....49ers President Carmen Policy "made it clear" his team is not interested in an exhibition game against the Raiders. Policy: "We don't really want to deal with them. It's always a one-way street when you deal with them." The Raiders "are willing" to play such a game (S.F. CHRONICLE, 3/11)....MLS Fusion President Ken Horowitz "has no doubt" Sunday's home opener will be played in a "finished facility," following 15 weeks of renovations to Lockhart Stadium. As of yesterday, "just more than" 10,000 tickets had been sold to the game. Lockhart's capacity is 20,000 (MIAMI HERALD, 3/11)....The USBL awarded an expansion franchise to Washington, DC, to begin play this season. Larry Arnold, President of DC-based International Associates, will be the team's President & CEO (USBL). Arnold said he is "in the midst of negotiations to find an arena for the team," and will meet with Washington Sports & Entertainment President Abe Pollin today to discuss possibilities at MCI Center (WASHINGTON POST, 3/11). CHECK THESE DUDS! THE HOCKEY NEWS' first-ever ranking of secondary minor league logos featured 41 teams in the WPHL, West Coast, United and Central Leagues (HOCKEY NEWS, 3/13 issue)...The Tigers changed their road uniforms and will return to a more "traditional" road cap, featuring an orange Old English "D." Changes to the road jersey include the addition of blue piping down the collar and button line, with similar piping added to pant sides (Tigers).