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MLB NEWS: GIULIANI ECHOES STEINBRENNER'S ATTENDANCE REMARKS

          NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani yesterday called Wednesday's
     attendance of 23,142 for the Yankees-Rangers game
     "pathetic," according to Robert Hardt of the N.Y. POST. 
     Giuliani: "This just can't go on forever and forever" (N.Y.
     POST, 5/15).  Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner: "People
     say, 'Don't leave Yankee Stadium.' ... Tell me why I should
     stay here.  If you're a decent, smart businessman, you have
     to say, 'Why should I stay?'"  Steinbrenner "alleged" he is
     losing money, but he would not say how much.  Steinbrenner:
     "It would probably shock some people" (Bergen RECORD, 5/14).
          REDS: In Cincinnati, Geoff Hobson reported that Reds
     limited partner Carl Kroch, who owns one of the team's 15
     shares, said that he believes that none of the team's owners
     will align with Managing General Partner Marge Schott's 42%
     to help her keep a majority after the current partnership
     expires December 31, 2000.  Kroch: "I'm perfectly willing to
     let her keep her 40 percent, as long as she's a silent
     partner.  We need someone who is professional, can run a
     business, and really knows baseball."  Kroch said "his
     impression is none of the other limited partners wants to
     run the team."  He added that Managing Exec John Allen has
     "done a good job but he hasn't thought about a potential
     candidate" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 5/14).
          D'BACKS: HBO's "Real Sports" airs Tuesday with a
     segment on the controversy over the $253M public subsidy
     toward construction of the $350M Bank One Ballpark.  In
     N.Y., Steve Zipay writes that the report "can be viewed as a
     warning" to all politicians looking to publicly subsidize
     new facilities (NEWSDAY, 5/15).  During an interview with
     HBO's Armen Keteyian for the piece, D'Backs Managing General
     Partner Jerry Colangelo walked off the set.  But HBO Exec
     Producer Ross Greenburg commended Colangelo "for calling me
     to apologize" (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 5/15).  
           NOTES: In St. Paul, Charley Walters reports that Twins
     President Jerry Bell estimates the team will lose $12M this
     season (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 5/15)....The Devil Rays
     announced a season-low crowd of 24,296 for last night's game
     against the Royals (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 5/15).

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