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PHOENIX LIFE INSURANCE EYES SPONSORSHIP OF SILVER BULLETS

          Phoenix Home Life Mutual Insurance Co. has contacted
     Silver Bullets co-Owner Bob Hope about becoming the primary
     sponsor of the women's baseball team, according to Jeff
     Jacobs of the HARTFORD COURANT.  Hope: "We've been told
     Hartford wants to be the women's sports capital and we feel
     we could be a strong part of this."  The Silver Bullets
     announced last month that they would not play this summer
     after being unable to find a primary sponsor since Coors'
     decision not to renew last year.  But Hope said that if
     Phoenix supports the league, the team could play this
     summer.  Hope was contacted by the Hartford Women's Sports
     Council and he forwarded the team's financial data to
     Phoenix.  He was told that New Britain, CT, would serve as
     the team's initial home, but a site in Hartford could be
     "used in the future."  It will cost about $1.5M a year to
     sponsor the team (Jeff Jacobs, HARTFORD COURANT, 5/9).

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