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          Expos President Claude Brochu told a House of Commons
     subcommittee yesterday that the team would need financial
     assistance in funding a $250M facility or the team may have
     to be sold to U.S. interests, according to Wills, Myles &
     Clark of the Montreal GAZETTE.  Brochu said that after $100M
     is raised from local corporations, the remaining $150M
     "required for construction requires the involvement of
     government in a yet-to-be determined form."  Wills, Myles &
     Clark write that "most" committee members "appeared
     sympathetic" to Brochu's request.  Brochu added that funding
     would have to be in place by June.  Later, Brochu said, "By
     the year 2002, we expect the (players') salaries to double. 
     We know this is something very frustrating, but this is
     something you have to live with."  Brochu: "We are willing
     to assume the risk and stay in Montreal, but there have to
     be certain conditions."  Wills, Myles & Clark report that
     while members of the committee "gave Brochu tentative
     assurances of tax breaks, they have only the power to
     recommend" (GAZETTE, 5/6).  Afterward Brochu told reporters:
     "It has nothing to do with subsidy.  It has everything to do
     with investment" (Bruce Cheadle, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 5/6).

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