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EISNER SPEAKS OUT ON STATE OF THE ANGELS OVER THE WEEKEND

          Disney Chair Michael Eisner said the Angels are "making
     the necessary moves to build lasting success," according to
     Kevin Acee of the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER.  Eisner, who said
     that he "does not see the Angels ever having a Yankees-type
     payroll," said the team would be "competitive."  Eisner: "We
     are competitive.  I don't think there's any secret our
     company has spent the money in every area, including the
     stadium, including the executives and players, to be
     competitive. ... We don't want to own a team that's not
     competitive.  We'd rather not be in the game."  Acee wrote
     that the theme of Eisner's comments "always returned to
     Disney's long-term commitment," and that Eisner "even said
     he can accept the Angels continuing to lose money for a
     time" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 3/1).  Eisner, on the team's
     aim to sign young players to long-term deals: "It would be
     nice to re-create the loyalty baseball used to have, for
     fans to know you'll have certain players from one year to
     the next."  Eisner, on the team's goals: "What we're
     building toward is having a winning organization year in and
     year out, so that every season there's a sense of hope.  You
     just can't shoot from the hip."  Eisner, on the Marlins: "To
     me, I'm still idealistic, and I think it takes the luster
     away if you buy a championship.  I hope that was an anomaly. 
     I don't think the fans in Florida are going to be loyal if
     they buy a team one year and dissolve it the next.  I don't
     think that will happen here" (L.A. TIMES, 3/1).

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