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JAMMED AT THE JAKE: INDIANS SELL-OUT REMAINDER OF '98 SEASON

          The Indians have sold-out individual game tickets for
     the rest of the '98 season.  The Indians consecutive home
     sellout streak now stands at an MLB record 211 straight
     games (Indians).  In Boston, Peter Gammons called the
     Indians' IPO "troublesome because it sends a message that it
     isn't enough to sell out the ballpark every night, have
     creative sources of revenue, and provide one of the most
     entertaining teams in the business.  So what does that say
     about Detroit and Milwaukee when their parks open?" (BOSTON
     GLOBE, 4/13).  In Cleveland, Glenn Gamboa reported that in
     the Indians' public offering application with the SEC, the
     team said it earned $100,000 from ad sales on their Web
     site, www. indians.com, in '97 (PLAIN-DEALER, 4/13).
          MLB NOTES: Reggie Jackson said that he and a group bid
     $300M to buy the Dodgers last year, but lost out when team
     Owner Peter O'Malley accepted the $311M bid from Rupert
     Murdoch's Fox Group (NEWSDAY, 4/13)....Expos President
     Claude Brochu, on team payroll: "We'll double the payroll
     next year and again the year after" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/13).

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