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BALTIMORE RETAINS ITS SPIRIT: SOCCER HARBORS NEW CHALLENGE

          Edwin Hale, Sr. has entered an agreement to purchase
     the NPSL Baltimore Spirit.  Hale, Chair of 1st Mariner Bank,
     said his immediate plans include changing the team name back
     to the Baltimore Blast and continuing to play at the
     Baltimore Arena (NPSL).  In Baltimore, Lowell Sunderland
     reports that Hale operated the Blast between '89-'92.  Hale
     said that at that time, "the league failed, not his team." 
     His Blast averaged 8,550 a game in those three years, but he
     said he lost "about $30,000 a game."  Hale did not disclose
     financial details of the deal (Baltimore SUN, 3/31).

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