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MLB TEAM NOTES: VA CONTINUES TO KEEP ITS EYE ON THE EXPOS
Published June 1, 1998
A Northern VA group is "prepared to start talks" with the Expos about moving the team to the Washington, DC area, assuming that the team "cannot win financing" for a new Montreal ballpark, according to Maske & Lipton of the WASHINGTON POST. Expos President Claude Brochu said that he has "not spoken directly" with VA Baseball Club Chair William Collins about a possible sale, but added that he "is aware" of the group's interest. Gabe Paul, Exec Dir of the VA Baseball Stadium Authority, said that the group "hopes to choose" three or four possible stadium sites "by summer's end." The state is also testing lottery games this summer to "see if they can raise" the $14M a year needed to help build a ballpark (Maske & Lipton, WASHINGTON POST, 5/30). TEAM NOTES: Saturday's Braves-Cubs game drew 39,817 to Wrigley Field, the Cubs' largest crowd of the season (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 5/31)....This weekend's Red Sox-Yankees series drew 200,244, the most for a four-game series at Yankee Stadium since '85 (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/1)....In N.Y., Dunstan Prial writes that investors "are expected to be eager" for this week's Indians IPO, "[d]espite signs that the IPO market is running low on gas" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 6/1)....Yesterday's White Sox-Tigers Beanie Baby Day game in Detroit drew 27,200, and in Detroit, Tom Gage writes that some in the crowd "turned around and left right" after receiving their Beanie Baby (DETROIT NEWS, 6/1). BATTLE OF THE MEDIA TITANS: In CA, Steve Bisheff graded the performance of Disney's Anaheim Sports under the header, "Disney Fails To Make Grade, Good Decisions." Comparing Disney's performance to that of Fox, Bisheff wrote Disney "is more concerned with the money line," while Fox "seems more concerned with the winning line" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 5/31). Dodgers President Bob Graziano was profiled by Barbara Kingsley of the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER. Kingsley wrote that while Graziano "has been called a glorified payroll clerk" for Fox, he "is running the show" (Barbara Kingsley, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 5/30).