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MLB DENIES IT IS LOOKING FOR SOME SCHOTT THERAPY

          Despite a published report, MLB sources indicated
     yesterday that the league has not given Reds Managing
     General Partner Marge Schott "an ultimatum or deadline" to
     sell the team, according to Hobson & May of the CINCINNATI
     ENQUIRER.  Although her fellow owners "would be delighted"
     if Schott sold the Reds, MLB officials "have not asked her
     to sell."  In fact, MLB has "backed away" from its 
     investigation into Schott's alleged misuse of team employees
     in a GM fraud case since she broke her hip in a March 31
     fall.  Schott could not be reached for comment, but a source
     close to her said that she won't sell until the Reds get a
     stadium deal with Hamilton County.  The NL yesterday called
     a report in the Cincinnati Post that MLB is trying to
     persuade Schott to sell the team "Poppycock."  NL President
     Len Coleman, through a spokesperson: "Totally not true. 
     Nothing to it" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 4/30).  On Wednesday,
     the POST's Bill Peterson cited sources with the Reds and MLB
     who said MLB "is trying to persuade" Schott to sell the team
     before her voluntary suspension ends November 1.  The
     sources said that if Schott does not put the team up for
     sale before then, MLB "will pursue extending her suspension"
     by citing her GM fraud case (CINCINNATI POST, 4/29).
          OUTFIELD WALL ADS: The Reds have put ads on the
     outfield wall at Cinergy Field for the first time this
     season.  They've added a Hewlett Packard logo and Budweiser
     ad, and Reds Marketing Consultant Cal Levy said that the
     team might add "as many as two more ads" on the green
     outfield fence (CINCINNATI POST, 4/29).  

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